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

Help Inner City Students Think Critically

My students need non-fiction books to help them think critically, better understand how their thinking can be manipulated, and how the past has often been rewritten to suit the interests of those in power.

  • $595 goal

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My Students

It is my privilege to work with such intelligent, charismatic, and dedicated students. Almost all of my students are the children of immigrants, and they carry the hopes and dreams of not only their own futures but of their parents as well. Although many parents are not able to help their children with their homework due to language barriers, they work long hours, help keep them out of trouble, and show them all the love and affection in the world. It truly is an honor to work alongside these families.

Unfortunately, my school often lacks the resources for students to pursue their own interests and expand their horizons.

This project aims to create a non-fiction library that will help students re-examine their own thinking, the role of genetics and the environment in personal development, think critically, and learn more about some of the greatest people and events of history.

My Project

These materials will serve as the foundation of a non-fiction library which students will be able to reference to learn more about the world, about how they think and to think critically about how historical events have been taught to them compared to what really happened.

Students constantly come up to me, curious to know more about a subject, but I do not have the additional resources to share with them so that they can pursue their greatest interests independently.

Furthermore, many of my students have become incredibly interested in psychology and tricks often used by "fake news" sources to manipulate others. These books will help students learn some of these common tricks to not only protect themselves from false information but also to think critically about all media they come in contact with.

Mr. Boyer
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Complete Maus A Survivor's Tale • AKJ Education $25.55 3 $76.65
Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong • AKJ Education $13.13 4 $52.52
How to Win Friends and Influence People • AKJ Education $19.71 2 $39.42
Art of War • AKJ Education $9.45 4 $37.80
1493 for Young People From Columbus's Voyage to Globalization • AKJ Education $29.20 1 $29.20
The Rules of Influence Winning When You're in the Minority • AKJ Education $25.54 1 $25.54
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens • AKJ Education $12.40 2 $24.80
Drive The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us • AKJ Education $11.68 2 $23.36
The Power of Habit • AKJ Education $11.68 2 $23.36
Man's Search for Meaning • AKJ Education $7.29 3 $21.87
Blink • AKJ Education $8.02 2 $16.04
Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Societies • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Night • AKJ Education $6.65 2 $13.30
1491 (Second Edition) New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus • AKJ Education $12.41 1 $12.41
What the Dog Saw And Other Adventures • AKJ Education $12.41 1 $12.41
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference • AKJ Education $12.41 1 $12.41
Outliers: The Story of Success • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Predictably Irrational The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • AKJ Education $9.49 1 $9.49

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