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Mrs. Gray from College Station TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Biographies: Getting Inspired by Real People Doing Real Things

My students need (and have specifically asked for) books, in varying formats, about real people from a variety of cultures who have overcome adversity, been risk-takers, or opened new doors in their fields.

  • $503 goal

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My Students

My students are thinkers, creators, and dreamers. A diverse group of middle school developing readers, they are talkers and questioners. And they are eager to feel that both they and their contributions matter. My classroom library is a great place to start demonstrating this. By simply asking my students what they think is missing from my classroom library, I have learned that they crave books written in different formats as well as books of all genres written about and by people who look like them.

By having a classroom library filled with books that reflect all of their interests, I hope not only to show them that they matter, but also to foster in them a love for reading and empathy for others.

My Project

My students love to read about real people doing real things. When we did an inventory of my classroom library, my students quickly let me know that I currently don't have enough biographies.

They love reading about real people who have overcome odds, taken risks, or blazed new trails in their chosen fields.

Reading biographies allows them to learn from historical and contemporary figures, especially people who look like them--something that is very important to middle schoolers. Reading biographies also provides them with mentor texts to reference when they start to write their own stories. Having both novels and picture books is a huge need since some of my students are developing readers.

Mrs. Gray
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial (Carter G Woodson Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Silent Days, Silent Dreams • Amazon Business $16.30 1 $16.30
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood • Amazon Business $16.10 1 $16.10
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $8.02 2 $16.04
MALALA/ IQBAL • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Vincent and Theo • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
How Dare the Sun Rise • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
One Plastic Bag Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
One Last Word • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Danza! • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
The 57 Bus • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan Two Stories of Bravery • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Salt in His Shoes Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
Before She Was Harriet : The Story of Harriet Tubman • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Martin Rising: Requiem For a King • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Side by Side / Lado a lado • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
#Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women • AKJ Education $11.66 1 $11.66
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
Bad Princess: True Tales from Behind the Tiara • Amazon Business $9.77 1 $9.77
Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII • Amazon Business $8.16 1 $8.16
I Will Always Write Back How One Letter Changed Two Lives • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Driven: From Homeless to Hero, My Journeys On and Off Lambeau Field • Amazon Business $7.57 1 $7.57
Rising Above • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
King George: What Was His Problem? • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Vision of Beauty: Candlewick Biographies: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64

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