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Dr. Busbin from Auburn AL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Agents of Change: Reading Biographies in American History

My students need a class set of diverse American figure biographies.

  • $362 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students come from many different backgrounds, reflecting a vast array of ethnic heritages, languages spoken, and economic classes. Yet, they come together forming an amazing student body that is passionate about learning. They have shown to their teachers time and time again that they accept academic challenges and strive to excel.

My US History students are amazing individuals who seek engaging learning experiences in which they can interact with and investigate history, thus becoming historians themselves.

Each year, I have the opportunity of creating classroom activities for over 150 students that allows them to participate in critical thinking regarding our nation's past. Once they complete my course, they do not merely possess a basic knowledge of history. My students will then have the civic literacy skills and critical thinking ability to enable them to succeed as an adult in both society and college.

My Project

Oftentimes, the reading of biographies is contained to presidents and other famous leaders of government or the military. This project seeks to introduce a more diverse set of biographies into the classroom that cover figures from religious leaders to inventors and musicians.

Through reading biographies of figures from Louis Armstrong to Anne Hutchinson, students will connect with individuals who helped shape their time.

Utilizing the concept of the Great Man of History theory, students will analyze their chosen biography to assess the extent to which their figure shaped their time or was shaped by the context of their period. Following the completion of their readings, students will present their figure in a unique activity, introducing their contributions to American history.

Dr. Busbin
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
John James Audubon: The Making of an American • Amazon Business $17.60 1 $17.60
Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington • Amazon Business $17.49 1 $17.49
Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism • Amazon Business $16.69 1 $16.69
The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned • Amazon Business $15.34 1 $15.34
Lindbergh • Amazon Business $15.25 1 $15.25
Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War • Amazon Business $14.56 1 $14.56
Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet • Amazon Business $14.46 1 $14.46
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
Margaret Fuller: A New American Life • Amazon Business $11.84 1 $11.84
Frederick Douglass • Amazon Business $11.80 1 $11.80
America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism • Amazon Business $10.74 1 $10.74
Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor • Amazon Business $10.37 1 $10.37
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans • Amazon Business $8.16 1 $8.16

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