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Mrs. D. from Irving TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Graphic History Keeps 'Em Hooked!

My students need 17 graphic history nonfiction "comic books".

  • $335 goal

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Imagine a child who recently switched to the gifted class from the bilingual class. Imagine he doesn't like reading and resists all attempts to put books in his hand. Imagine, then, the teacher's surprise to see this child return from the library with not one but three slim volumes that he eagerly dives into. I'm speaking of books from the Graphic History comic book series. Several times in my classroom, I've observed reluctant non-readers devouring these appealing tomes. The problem is, our school library only stocks a few volumes of this series, and those only in Spanish. Therefore, I am in search of these magical books that will help transform the most unenthusiastic of readers. I believe both reading and history can bring meaning to lives. Convincing children of this can be another matter, however. They often ignore the many nonfiction books I gather to support our social studies units. On the other hand, these Graphic History books present compelling true-to-life stories in an easy, relatable way. From what I've seen, kids can't wait to pick these up. Even though I teach gifted-and-talented fifth graders, there is a huge range of abilities and interests in my classroom. For starters, many of my students are native Spanish speakers. Building vocabulary is a daily challenge for us, and if kids are reading academic books for fun, they will surely gain word knowledge along the way. My hope is that ALL my children get hooked into America's fascinating history tales while also looking forward to reading after school and on the weekends. Graphic novels are the future of children's literature, and I hope to do the best for my kids as soon as possible!

Mrs. D.
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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The Lewis and Clark Expedition Jessica Gunderson, Keith Williams (Illustrator), Charles Barnett (Illustrator), Steve Erwin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Brave Escape of Ellen and William Craft Donald B. Lemke, Phil Miller (Illustrator), Tod Smith (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 4 $28.60
John Sutter and the California Gold Rush Matt Doeden, Ron Frenz (Illustrator), Charles Barnett (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Winter at Valley Forge Matt Doeden, Ron Frenz (Illustrator), Charles Barnett (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
The Story of Jamestown Eric Braun, Keith Williams (Illustrator), Steve Erwin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Salem Witch Trials Michael Martin, Brian Bascle (Illustrator), Walter W. Woodward • Barnes and Noble $7.15 4 $28.60
Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving Mary Englar, Peter McDonnell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
The Mystery of the Roanoke Colony Xavier Niz, Shannon Eric Denton (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 4 $28.60
The Building of the Transcontinental Nathan Olson • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Creation of the U.S. Constitution Michael Burgan, Terry Beatty (Illustrator), Gordon Purcell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
The Boston Tea Party Matt Doeden, Dave Hoover (Illustrator), Charles Barnett (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
The Boston Massacre Michael Burgan, Keith Williams (Illustrator), Bob Wiacek (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 4 $28.60
The Battle of Gettysburg Michael Burgan, Keith Williams (Illustrator), Steve Erwin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Kay Melchisedech Olson, Otha Zackariah Edward Lohse (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Rosa Parks and The Montgomery Bus Boycott Connie Colwell Miller, Adapted by Connie Colwell Miller, Charles P. Henry • Barnes and Noble $7.15 4 $28.60
Paul Revere's Ride Xavier Niz, Brian Bascle (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Michael Martin, Bill Anderson (Illustrator), Dave Hoover (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15

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