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Mrs. Carney from Hillsboro OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Black Ships Before Troy Ignites 7th Grade!

My students need 40 copies of the historical novel "Black Ships Before Troy" to bring history alive in my classroom.

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My Students

Help us bring the Trojan War to life! The Black Ships Before Troy is an attention grabbing novel that truly brings the rich history of the Ancient Greeks into the classroom. Students dive into this book, and are disappointed when it's over!

The students at our school are fantastic, and are all over the spectrum.

The kids come from a variety of backgrounds, and the diversity creates an active, energetic classroom. They love activities that get them thinking and talking, and the book I'm proposing would do just that! These kids would absolutely love to have more resources (or even enough for our growing classrooms) so that each student could become engrossed in Ancient Greece.

My Project

There is no doubt that literacy is a major focus in every classroom today. As a social studies teacher, rarely do I have the opportunity to offer the students an incredibly entertaining version (text) of historical events that they absolutely love. The Black Ships Before Troy is an age-appropriate summary of The Iliad, and is full of action. This story gives students a great introduction to the Greek Gods, while also integrating the history of Ancient Greece and the Trojan War. I can say that this story engaged every student in my classroom. It has war, blood, revenge, love and HISTORY. Even my squirmiest students loved this book.

This story is the perfect marriage of historical events coupled with a gripping, face-paced story line.

This story had all of my students coming to class ready to learn. They absorbed historical facts, but also developed a perspective for how the Greek Gods factored into every day life. The themes in this story (greed, power, revenge) stimulated fantastic debates and discussions. My kids were learning history, and possibly enjoying the process!

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

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This project will reach 180 students.

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Black Ships Before Troy • AKJ Books $5.10 40 $204.00

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