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Ms. Clifford from Colorado Springs CO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Beyond Traditional U.S. History Curricula

Help me give my students books that better represent the struggle for social justice around the world - an additional social studies curricula that their textbooks too often forego.

  • $597 goal

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My Students

My students in Colorado Springs attend a Title I school and are enrolled in Journalism and U.S. History. Many of my students come from low-income, hardworking families, from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

They are intellectually curious, and eager to make connections between school curriculum and outside knowledge.

They light up when they are able to connect Social Studies with their interests and experiences! They are coming to learn that history is not just a list of dates, but real events that impact all that surrounds them today.

My Project

Many of my students have not yet come to realize how Social Studies and U.S. history directly relates to their lives every day. I remember when I was an 8th grader, I had not yet grasped the inextricable link between education and opportunity. This is especially true for those from low-income less resources backgrounds.

In contributing to this project, you will help my students access books that could ignite the spark that sets their life's path.

I know for me, that is what happened when my 8th grade Social studies teacher introduced me to books like "A Young People's History of the United States," "I am Malala," and "More than Gone."

Currently, my students do not have novels that can be built into their curriculum. Their other classes have also moved away from book-studies. In helping to create a classroom library, these students could wind up reading an exponential amount more books this year than they would have otherwise.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Young People's History of the United States Columbus to the War on Terror • AKJ Education $14.56 3 $43.68
Freedom Walkers (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $10.91 4 $43.64
Many Thousand Gone • AKJ Education $10.21 3 $30.63
The Unwanted • AKJ Education $13.86 2 $27.72
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $8.97 3 $26.91
Amal Unbound • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
The Displacement of Native Peoples • AKJ Education $7.99 3 $23.97
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice • AKJ Education $9.48 2 $18.96
Chains: Seeds of America • AKJ Education $6.29 3 $18.87
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.38 3 $16.14
Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy • AKJ Education $7.69 2 $15.38
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary • AKJ Education $5.10 3 $15.30
When on Earth? History As You've Never Seen It Before • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Trouble • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Sold • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
Be a Changemaker How to Start Something That Matters • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Sonia Sotomayor: U.S. Supreme Court Justice • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
The Kidnapped Prince The Life of Olaudah Equiano • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
The Diary of Ma Yan The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Sojourner Truth: Speaking Up for FREedom • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Around the World in a Hundred Years From Henry the Navigator to Magellan • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Island Treasures Growing Up in Cuba • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Pride of Puerto Rico: The Life of Roberto Clemente • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83

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