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Mrs. Farbman from Morton Grove IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Empathy In Children Through Nonfiction Literature

My students need more challenging nonfiction texts. These books will teach them more than what they learn in class and will give them a different perspective on topics they care most about!

  • $368 goal

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My Students

My seventh and eighth graders are intelligent, curious, sensitive, and empathetic students who love to engage in discussions about various topics. Their interests vary from music, theater, and sports to learning more about global warming, climate change, and other issues that impact their world. Usually, my students read lots of fiction in which characters experience apocalyptic worlds that have been affected by overpopulation, global warming, pollution, etc. However, they do not read enough higher level nonfiction/informational texts about the topics that emotionally appeal to them, and they do not do enough reading that resembles the reading they will do as they get older.

It is imperative that my students have access to texts that can teach them about these topics and give them a true understanding of the issues they care about and that will impact their future.

My students simply don't have access to high level nonfiction texts. There are lessons embedded in these texts that go beyond our classroom walls, and I know these students will use what they learn from these texts to make a difference!

My Project

My students love to read all sorts of fiction! However, they have so many unique interests and passions that they rarely explore through the reading of nonfiction texts. It is usually only when they are highly encouraged to read informational texts that students will pick up a nonfiction book, so my hope is that these titles (that were chosen based on my students' interests) will encourage them to read more nonfiction and fall in love with the genre. There is so much to learn from the books that have been chosen, and students will be able to gain a better understanding of the Holocaust, Civil Rights movement, LGBTQ leaders and rights, pollution, global warming, etc. and open their minds, their eyes and their hearts.

Mrs. Farbman
Grades 6-8

This project will reach 75 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them • Amazon Business $24.14 1 $24.14
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (Random House Large Print) • Amazon Business $20.35 1 $20.35
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure • Amazon Business $13.81 1 $13.81
The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes and Female Firsts • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.33 1 $13.33
A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School • Amazon Business $13.28 1 $13.28
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
No Better Friend: Young Readers Edition: A Man, a Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in World War II • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The ABC's of LGBT+ • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Adultolescence • Amazon Business $11.20 1 $11.20
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson • Amazon Business $10.04 1 $10.04
And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality • Amazon Business $10.01 1 $10.01
The Code Book: The Secrets Behind Codebreaking • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know® • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Omnivore's Dilemma: Young Readers Edition • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal • Amazon Business $9.21 1 $9.21
How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
World Without Fish • Amazon Business $8.06 1 $8.06
The Manual to Middle School: The "Do This, Not That" Survival Guide for Guys • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $5.21 1 $5.21
Four Perfect Pebbles: A True Story of the Holocaust • Amazon Business $4.80 1 $4.80
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • Amazon Business $4.58 1 $4.58

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