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Ms. Henry from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Captivating Students with Non-Fiction

Help me give my students the opportunity to read non-fiction books on their level and books to choose during our Revolutionary Figures unit in 7th grade and our Justice After WW II unit in 8th grade.

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My Students

My school is a small school with only one to two classes per grade level. My 7th grade homeroom students will spend 3 hours in our room every day and my other classes of 7th and 8th grade will be with me for 90 minutes! This means my Literature classroom will be a home away from home for students. I want to be sure the room is comfortable, colorful and welcoming to each of the diverse individuals coming in every day.

My Project

During second quarter, our 7th grade students will embark on their study of non-fiction reading and argumentative writing. Their study will culminate in a "Night of the Notables" and Argumentative Essay. During this night and in their essay, they will have to BECOME the revolutionary figure they've been studying and speak to their parents and visitors. The non-fiction books, focused on activism, will be essential to this study, as will giving students choices that are on their level.

While our 7th graders study revolutionary figures, our 8th graders will embark on a study of WWII in both ELA and Social Studies.

As a part of this study, we'd like them to write a Position Paper on a topic that matters to the world today. In order to deepen their study of non-fiction and to ensure our work is cross-curricular, we'd love to give our 8th graders the opportunity to read non-fiction accounts of WWII. These books will not only provide them with choices, but it will allow us to meet the needs of our wide range of readers. Thanks for helping to making our study of nonfiction exciting!

Ms. Henry
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America • Amazon Business $24.82 2 $49.64
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $7.82 4 $31.28
Notorious RBG Young Readers' Edition: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg • Amazon Business $14.66 2 $29.32
We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists • Amazon Business $14.39 2 $28.78
I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson • Amazon Business $13.41 2 $26.82
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice • Amazon Business $12.12 2 $24.24
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary • Amazon Business $5.99 4 $23.96
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition • Amazon Business $11.48 2 $22.96
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor • Amazon Business $11.30 2 $22.60
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela • Amazon Business $10.44 2 $20.88
Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball's Color Line • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive • Amazon Business $9.89 2 $19.78
No Summit out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits • Amazon Business $9.09 2 $18.18
The Heart of Everything That Is: Young Readers Edition • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • Amazon Business $8.29 2 $16.58
Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement • Amazon Business $16.20 1 $16.20
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution • Amazon Business $7.63 2 $15.26
Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
I Am Gandhi: A Graphic Biography of a Hero (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $6.39 2 $12.78
Nelson Mandela • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $11.45 1 $11.45
Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father • Amazon Business $11.30 1 $11.30
Flags of Our Fathers: A Young People's Edition • Amazon Business $4.75 2 $9.50
The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue (True Storm Rescues) • Amazon Business $4.51 2 $9.02
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98

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