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Mrs. Tuori from Lowell MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Biographies You Won't Read About in Your Average History Book

Help me give my students biographies. I have selected 35 books about a wide range of people from George Fletcher, Nelson Mandela, Aida de Acosta, Mary Shelly, and Louise Bennett Coverley to name a few.

  • $548 goal

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My Students

I teach Language Arts to 150 sixth and seventh graders every day. I teach at a middle school in a rural setting. The diversity in my school is more socioeconomic than racial or cultural. They are curious, intelligent young people that need to be pushed to read non-fiction. I have kids who live in trailer parks, farms, middle class, and homes that range from $500,000 and beyond. At times the differences in their life experiences can make it a challenge to find common ground, but we work hard to give the kids shared experiences.

My Project

My kids will be learning about people that aren't usually in their history books. Poets, libririans, pilots, scientists, law enforcement officers, singers, etc. I have tried to find biographies that represent as many different cultures as possible.

I will go through each book briefly to give them an overview of each book.

The students will get to pick which book they want to read. The students will read the book then do a one pager. One pagers are a creative way to express what they learned from the book using quotes and images.

After the kids do their one pagers, they will get in literature circles to share their books with each other. I could even see extending this to having my students go over to one of the elementary schools that is near us to share their biography with them.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize (True Stories) • Amazon Business $16.18 1 $16.18
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos (1) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings • Amazon Business $15.97 1 $15.97
Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness • Amazon Business $14.72 1 $14.72
Before She was Harriet (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $14.17 1 $14.17
Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?: The Story of Ada Lovelace • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Trombone Shorty • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Thurgood • Amazon Business $13.61 1 $13.61
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Let 'Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People's Champion • Amazon Business $13.36 1 $13.36
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Different Like Coco • Amazon Business $13.16 1 $13.16
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes • Amazon Business $13.06 1 $13.06
A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belprxe9 • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal (Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux) • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin (Schneider Family Book Awards - Young Children's Book Winner) • Amazon Business $11.53 1 $11.53
Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books (Nonfiction Books for Kids, Early Elementary History Books) • Amazon Business $11.53 1 $11.53
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Just Being Audrey • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
Nelson Mandela • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Flying Girl: How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau (Jacques Cousteau Book for Kids, Children's Ocean Book, Underwater Picture Book for Kids) • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions • Amazon Business $8.31 1 $8.31
Snowflake Bentley • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59

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