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Ms. E. from Miami FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

African Library for High School African History Class

My students need a class library of 30 titles, including "The Constant Gardener" and "Beasts of No Nation", along with pocket dictionaries and thesauruses.

  • $552 goal

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My students need to pass a high-stakes reading test, but to do that they need to be inspired and motivated to read. I teach a dual-enrollment survey course of African History. My students are in grades 10-12 and will receive college credit for taking this course as part of a partnership between our high school and a local university. Our school is a high-poverty, high-needs school in Florida with an illiteracy rate of 90%--reading is our number one priority.

90% of the students at my school are not grade-level proficient in reading. In this college-level African history course, being able to read and analyze texts is basically a prerequisite skill, so building their reading skills is an absolute necessity in ensuring that they meet the standards for the course. I think this course offers my students a unique opportunity to expand their vocabulary and build their comprehension and analytical reading skills, because the foreignness of the material has inspired in them a new curiosity. I want to capitalize on this curiosity and encourage my students to read as much as they can about Africa--in doing so, we can both learn more about African history and culture and reinforce much-needed reading skills. If my students were on a college campus, they would have access to an extremely robust library of materials and resources on African history and literature. As is, their access to new material is limited because we do not have a library of Africa-related literature.

My students need access to Africa-related literature, both fiction and non-fiction. This class library will give students the resources they need to complete research projects, supplement required readings, and broaden their understanding of and interest in African history and literature. Because many of the books are college-level historical non-fiction, this class library will push my students to meet college-level expectations for this dual enrollment course and help them build the vocabulary and comprehension skills they will need to be successful in college.

My students want to read. They want to learn more about Africa. They deserve to have the resources to meet these needs. Your help will make it possible for my students to expand their understanding of African literature and begin closing the literacy gap that exists between them and their peers at affluent schools. As Nelson Mandela said, "Education is power." Please, help me empower my students by bringing fascinating tales of African history and literature into their lives.

Ms. E.
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Foreword by Christopher Hitchens • Barnes and Noble $12.00 1 $12.00
The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood Helene Cooper • Barnes and Noble $12.00 1 $12.00
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa Adam Hochschild • Barnes and Noble $12.00 1 $12.00
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa Peter Godwin • Barnes and Noble $11.99 1 $11.99
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 Rick Atkinson • Barnes and Noble $13.60 1 $13.60
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda Philip Gourevitch • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival Dean King • Barnes and Noble $11.99 1 $11.99
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda Romeo Dallaire, Foreword by Samantha Power, Samantha Power (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $14.36 1 $14.36
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail Malika Oufkir, Michele Fitoussi, Ros Schwartz (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $11.20 1 $11.20
Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa Martin Meredith • Barnes and Noble $14.36 1 $14.36
Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey Fergal Keane • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
The Power of One Bryce Courtenay • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Disgrace J. M. Coetzee • Barnes and Noble $12.00 1 $12.00
Say You're One of Them Uwem Akpan • Barnes and Noble $11.99 1 $11.99
The Life and Times of Michael K J. M. Coetzee, Michael Coetzee • Barnes and Noble $11.20 1 $11.20
Ancestor Stones Aminatta Forna • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
Song for Night Chris Abani • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
GraceLand Chris Abani • Barnes and Noble $4.98 1 $4.98
In the Country of Men Hisham Matar • Barnes and Noble $10.80 1 $10.80
Anthills of the Savannah Chinua Achebe, Chinua Achrbe • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Ways of Dying Zakes Mda • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
The Heart of Redness: A Novel Zakes Mda • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
Who Slashed Celanire's Throat?: A Fantastical Tale Maryse Conde, Richard Philcox (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $11.70 1 $11.70
The Constant Gardener John le Carre • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
Beasts of No Nation Uzodinma Iweala • Barnes and Noble $10.75 1 $10.75
Bitter Fruit Achmat Dangor • Barnes and Noble $11.70 1 $11.70
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa Nicholas Drayson • Barnes and Noble $11.16 1 $11.16
Links Nuruddin Farah • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
Merriam-Webster Pocket Thesaurus (Pocket Reference Library) Inc. Merriam-Webster • Barnes and Noble $4.05 4 $16.20
Webster's New World Small Pocket Dictionary Jonathan L. Goldman • Barnes and Noble $5.39 5 $26.95

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