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Ms. Rodriguez from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Witnesses to History: Farewell to Manzanar

My students need 30 copies of Farewell to Manzanar.

  • $218 goal

This project expired on December 16, 2014.

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My Students

My students are hungry for knowledge. Having come from other countries, they are not well versed in the history of the United States except for general events. My students are immigrants to the United States who live in urban areas that are often racially and economically segregated. The populations at their school are the same. Consequently, they are in need of enriching experiences through the eyes of other cultures of the United States.

Our school hopes to empower its students to be critical thinkers, who engage with their environment, and community.

English Language Learners often find themselves in a stage of culture shock upon arrival. The school culture is new and at times intimidating. My students come from many countries. At any time multiple languages are spoken in my classroom; from Spanish to Bengali, French, Arabic, Urdu, or Hindi. It is my job to increase their fluency in the language, culture and history of the US and prepare them as future citizens of this great country. They are a motivated, curious and dedicated group of students that are grateful for novel experiences and eager for challenges. Unfortunately, their lack of exposure to many new people and things can occasionally lead to embarrassing moments.

My Project

I am requesting a class set of Farewell to Manzanar. The memoir will help my students understand the point of view of Japanese people in the homeland and in the US at the time. My goal is to develop their ability to think critically and flexibly about historical events and how these experiences are translated into memoir, drama, literature and movies. We will explore identity, racism, and the law, conflict and choice. An intense unit, this will culminate in book reports, oral presentations, performances and original art in the form of illustrations, storyboards and paintings with Japanese motifs.

This proposal is in support of a unit that has been in development for a while.

Pieces of this unit have been taught to previous classes, but the resources in this proposal would allow it to develop to a higher level of rigor and relevance. After obtaining my Bachelor's degree, I lived and worked in Japan teaching English. This unit would allow me to continue that cultural exchange and strengthen the skills and understandings of my immigrant students. Your support would enable this.

Ms. Rodriguez
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Farewell to Manzanar • Amazon $5.08 30 $152.40

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