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Mrs. Robinson from San Jose CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Where the Sidewalk Ends and Poetry Begins

Help me give my students an array of poetry texts that represent their own diverse cultures, identities, and interests.

  • $292 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are freshmen through seniors, with a large English Language Learner population. They are eager to learn about the world through a safe environment. They are curious and engaging when it comes to learning new ideas and cultures and jump at the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new environment when they feel comfortable with those around them.

It does not matter if it is reading about current events or volunteering on campus, my students are willing participants at their school and within their community.

They often lack the background knowledge and skills to succeed in a high school English class, so the projects listed on this page are a way to bridge the gap between what they should know and what they do know.

My Project

My school has a high immigrant population, and students often state that the texts provided are not representative of who they are and the experiences they have lived through. This project aims to bridge that gap using our poetry unit by asking for a collection of texts that show the diversity my students bring to campus everyday. Reading original poetry aloud in class can foster trust and empathy in the classroom community because it helps students get to know each other and build community. These texts will be especially beneficial for this because of the variety of cultures and identities being represented.

The diverse topics brought up in these texts are aimed to encourage student interaction and discussion about what poignant experiences they have had and what contributes to their identity.

Because of these interactions, there is a large emphasis on listening and speaking skills. Students will be able to practice their fluency in reading the poems out loud and then practice communication skills during the activities.

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7 donors7 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 120 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls • AKJ Education $31.50 1 $31.50
#Notyourprincess • AKJ Education $11.66 2 $23.32
A Light in the Attic • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Where the Sidewalk Ends • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Falling Up • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
A Pizza the Size of the Sun Poems • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
100 Great Poems for Boys • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Rose That Grew From Concrete • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Rad Women Worldwide • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
The Dream Keeper and Other Poems • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
All the Small Poems and Fourteen More • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Poems to Dream Together / Poemas para sonar juntos • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
19 Varieties of Gazelle • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Classic Poems to Read Aloud • AKJ Education $5.84 1 $5.84
Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83

Materials cost

$197.02

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$18.03

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.96

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$248.01

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$43.77

Total project goal

$291.78

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$291.78

5 Donors

-$241.78

Donations toward project cost

-$205.51

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$36.27

match offer

-$50.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$42.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$7.50

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$0.00

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