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Ms. Kennedy from Winston Salem NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

There, There: Indigenous Voices

Help me give my students a class set of There, There by Tommy Orange...a fast-paced generational story about indigenous people living in Oakland, CA. This text weaves together their stories of family, loneliness, and identity.

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My Students

My students seek out the arts magnet program, teacher relationships, and connections among a diverse student body where sometimes one can fall into the crowd at a larger public school. This semester, my students range from grades 10-11 and are tackling the curriculum that is English II. They love to analyze texts with activities that involve movement, engagement, and variation.

Teaching the love of reading is a priority.

When students love to read, they are more likely to engage in empathy, kindness, and tolerance. Through books, they can travel into any time period, into any household, and observe many unique relationships.

My students are often amazed at some of the stories we read in class like Of Mice and Men, Citizen, and Midsummer Night's Dream. Some students subscribe to the enjoyment of our class texts earlier than others, but the goal is to get everyone there and willing to dive in!

My Project

Copies of "There, There" by Tommy Orange will elevate voices in our society that typically go unnoticed or unheard. The story follows different members of a large indigenous population living in modern day Oakland, California all converging together at an Oakland Pow Wow.

The stories are rich with loneliness, family, identity, and struggle.

My students loved an excerpt we read from Opal's chapter and they wanted to read more about her life. They connect with the family struggles and desire to know more about their identity. Stories like these are so important to understanding our place in history and what we can do to make sure that all cultures, identities, and stories are told and honored.

Ms. Kennedy
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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There There • Amazon Business $7.16 35 $250.60

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