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Ms. Lomax
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 12 donors
  • $0 still needed

Two-Way Immersion: Language, Culture, & Civil Rights

My students need 45 copies of "Antes de ser libres" and supplemental materials to explore the history and culture of the Caribbean and improve their Spanish skills.

My Students

In our TWI classroom, we think globally! Building a global community and building peace begin with awareness and knowledge of other people and cultures. In this project-based unit, we explore the geography, history, and culture of the Dominican Republic by reading the novel "Antes de ser libres."

Overall, we have a traditional middle school with a progressive staff that is working to transform into a place of community, personal growth, and academic rigor.

There are approximately 1,000 students at our middle school, and we are employing peace building and community building strategies to help students thrive during the tough times of pre-adolescence. We are striving to create a large middle school that feels like an extended family and is a safe, healthful place for students to learn about content, their peers, and themselves. Our school is a melting pot! About 40% of our students label their "race"/ethnicity as White, 40% Latino, 4% Black, 3% Asian and 2% Filipino, and 1% Native American. They are socio-economically diverse as well. Approximately half of our students are living near the poverty line and are eligible for free or reduced lunch. The students at our school are full of life and love of learning. They are eager to grow physically, intellectually and personally. "

My Project

This class set of novels and supplemental materials will be used by 7th grade students in our two-way immersion (Spanish) program as they undertake an exploration of the Caribbean. Students will read "Antes de ser libres" (Before We Were Free) in Spanish and will learn about the history, geography and culture of the Dominican Republic. Students also will have the opportunity to use technology to connect with students in Latin America. In addition, these materials will provide students with authentic opportunities to read, write, speak, and hear Spanish. What's more, using these materials, students will research the art and music of the Dominican Republic and create their own artwork. This project really offers students multiple layers of learning!

This project will positively impact students academically and personally.

Students will engage in the understanding of the history and culture of the Dominican Republic, and they will acquire Spanish language skills in the process. This unit integrates reading, writing, speaking, listening, history, geography, art and technology. The project offers opportunities for students to explore our world of our Caribbean neighbors. This project is a great way for students to engage in global thinking!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Antes De Ser Libres • AKJ Books $5.10 45 $229.50
Ninos Del Mundo/ Kids of the World • AKJ Books $18.24 1 $18.24
Oyeme Con Los Ojos / Hear Me With Your Eyes • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Las aventuras de Marco Polo • AKJ Books $5.80 1 $5.80
Tintin: El loto azul / The Blue Lotus • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
Papa, Que Es El Racismo • AKJ Books $6.53 1 $6.53
Salvar la tierra / Saving the Earth • AKJ Books $19.70 1 $19.70
Maravillas del mundo/ Wonders of the World • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Spanish Verbs • AKJ Books $3.61 1 $3.61
501 Spanish Verbs with CD-ROM and Audio CD Christopher Kendr • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Spanish Verb Workbook Frank R. Nuessel Ph.D. • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
Merriam-Webster''s Spanish-English Visual Dictionary • AKJ Books $18.21 1 $18.21

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This classroom project was brought to life by JPMorgan Chase Foundation and 11 other donors.

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