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Ms. Livingstone from Durham NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

America's Story: An Overview for All

My students need 16 copies of "America's Story", an easy-to-read U.S. history textbook, to begin building a historical framework.

  • $433 goal

This project expired on May 4, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Somewhere along the way, my middle school students missed the chance to learn the basics of U.S. history. They've heard of the Civil War and World War II, although they're fuzzy on causes and effects, but they don't have a clue what the Cold War and Vietnam War were all about. We need to fix this!

My urban middle school students begin the year reading significantly below grade level.

We work hard in our mixed grade Language Arts classroom to strengthen literacy and build the skills needed for success in high school and beyond. We like to explore topics together in depth, using a variety of texts to build background knowledge and vocabulary. Recently, as an aside to learning about war in South Sudan, my students read a poem by Jeffrey Harrison called "Vietnam Scrapbook." They were baffled by references to napalm and the Viet Cong. These young teens knew nothing about the events and conflicts which which contributed to the Cold War and the Vietnam War.

My Project

I'd like to help my students learn a little U.S. history as they build their reading and vocabulary skills. I'm asking for 16 copies of America's Story, a simplified U.S. history textbook to use as a basic building block. We will supplement this text with a variety of resources, but this easy-to-read modified text will provide all my struggling readers with a basic timeline of key events to begin fleshing out.

Learning to read well and easily is so important for my students.

When they become fluent readers, their chances of finishing high school and continuing on to college are greatly increased. Learning history is also important. A simplified U.S. history textbook will help strengthen my students, both as readers and as informed citizens. Your contribution to this project is greatly appreciated.

Ms. Livingstone
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 65 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
America''s Story, Bk. 2 • AKJ Books $19.31 16 $308.96

Materials cost

$308.96

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$24.10

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.63

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$367.69

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$64.89

Total project goal

$432.58

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$432.58

7 Donors

-$369.84

Donations toward project cost

-$366.84

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$3.00

match offer

-$1.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$0.85

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.15

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$61.74

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$0.00

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