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Mr. Hanson
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 8 donors
  • $0 still needed

Get Hyped for History!

My students need a variety of books when it comes to historical fiction.

My Students

"Can't wait for Friday!" --- "How come?" --- "Because it's Historical Fiction Friday!"

LJH is a middle school in north-central Illinois where we have 85% of our students receiving free or reduced lunch.

Recently, I jumped on my Reading teacher wife's bandwagon, in which she reads a book a day to her classes, and created Historical Fiction Fridays. Every Friday I introduce a book that fits into the historical fiction genre. I will either give a book talk, read the first chapter or read an interesting excerpt from the book. I try my best to line up our current topic or current events with the book I choose. I'm usually fishing through my wife's classroom library, which is on point, to find our next book. I would love to build up my class library with something for us history lovers.

My Project

Having a choice is human right. Having a choice at school is Social studies isn't always thought of as helping with reading levels or reading comprehension.

Having historical choices when it comes to books is essential.

Many of these titles, such as Black Duck, can bring a perspective to an era our students might not have. The majority of history texts are 1-2 years above grade level. The more we can put literature in these kids hands, the more they can grasp history. And maybe, just maybe they can have a lot of fun on these quests for knowledge.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Survived Collector's Toolbox (I Survived) • Amazon Business $36.07 1 $36.07
Echo • Amazon Business $15.87 1 $15.87
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Esperanza Rising • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
Fever 1793 (Seeds of America Trilogy) • Amazon Business $13.88 1 $13.88
The Book Thief (Anniversary Edition) • Amazon Business $12.21 1 $12.21
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Al Capone Does My Shirts (Tales from Alcatraz) • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
The War I Finally Won • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Towers Falling • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The War that Saved My Life • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
Refugee • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Al Capone Does My Homework (Tales from Alcatraz) • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground • Amazon Business $11.32 1 $11.32
Al Capone Shines My Shoes (Tales from Alcatraz) • Amazon Business $11.02 1 $11.02
The Underground Abductor (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #5): An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman • Amazon Business $10.70 1 $10.70
Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy) • Amazon Business $10.70 1 $10.70
Stella by Starlight • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II • Amazon Business $10.56 1 $10.56
Ashes (The Seeds of America Trilogy) • Amazon Business $10.55 1 $10.55
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy • Amazon Business $10.54 1 $10.54
Chasing Lincoln's Killer • Amazon Business $10.53 1 $10.53
Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11 (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #4): A World War I Tale • Amazon Business $10.40 1 $10.40
Forge • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Prisoner B-3087 • Amazon Business $10.04 1 $10.04
Eleven • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
Alamo All-Stars (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #6) • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50
Big Bad Ironclad! (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #2) • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
Donner Dinner Party (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #3) • Amazon Business $9.28 1 $9.28
Black Duck • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
Once (Once Series) • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
Now (Once Series) • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
Then (Once Series) • Amazon Business $4.34 1 $4.34

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This project will reach 150 students.

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