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Ms. Graham from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Greatness Through Biographies

My students need exposure to variety of biographies to learn what it means to be greathearted through the experiences of women in history.

  • $405 goal

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My Students

When a student walks through the doors of my classroom, the first thing he or she may notice is the large, bolded words, "Push through...let's move."

The 70 fourth graders who come to me each day for English Language Arts instruction have embraced the idea of overcoming struggle and persevering to become successful readers.

Our school is located in the shadow of the Capitol Building in Southeast Washington, DC. Predominantly, our students come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Yet, each day, they are eager to learn and ready to work hard for what they want.

My Project

In the first quarter of our school's curriculum, students explore the deep question, "What does it mean to have a great heart?" My class learns to answer this question both literally and figuratively through an exploration of fiction and nonfiction.

To kick off this module, students read the biographies of women in history to learn the qualities that can make someone greathearted.

In previous years, we have read articles that I had printed offline with no pictures. That is not the best way to learn about a new era in time particularly if the student does not have much background knowledge.

Instead, I would like to provide my students with real books so that they can immerse themselves in the worlds of women like Wilma Rudolph, Clara Barton, and Elizabeth Blackwell. I chose books at various reading levels so that every student will feel included and be able to teach his or her classmates the lessons learned from the biography.

Now, my students will be more engaged as they learn about some fantastic women in history.

Ms. Graham
Grades 3-5
Nearly all 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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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $11.48 9 $103.32
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman • Amazon Business $7.00 12 $84.00
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell • Amazon Business $6.21 12 $74.52
Clara Barton: Spirit of the American Red Cross (Ready-to-read SOFA) • Amazon Business $3.74 8 $29.92

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