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Mr. Heise from Eagle Mtn UT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Me Create a High School African-American History Class

Help me give my students a new experience of the wonders and tragedies of African American History. I will be providing this through books, movies and posters.

  • $1,109 goal

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My Students

I am preparing to teach an African American History/Studies class in 2019-2020. This will be a semester-long class and have about 15 students per semester. My students- like most of America- do not know what they are missing. I have wonderful students who, for the most part, want to get in a get their cognitive feet wet. They are anxious to learn and learn differently if needed. To me and to some of my students, we want to do more then just lecture, we want to feel history.

My Project

African American History, taught in high school, is usually marginalized and is not treated with the time and respect that it deserves.

Help me teach my students to feel and experience African-American history.

I want to create a semester-long African American History class where my students learn and teach. I will take my class to local elementary first and second grade classes to read African American history themed picture books to the young students.

I hope to change the world, 15 students at a time. I know that society can be changed for the better if we learn and respect histories of our fellow man [and woman].

Mr. Heise
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass • Amazon Business $9.25 15 $138.75
African Americans: A Concise History, Combined Volume (5th Edition) • Amazon Business $95.37 1 $95.37
Freedom on My Mind, Volume 1: A History of African Americans, with Documents • Amazon Business $69.55 1 $69.55
Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America • Amazon Business $63.82 1 $63.82
At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America • Amazon Business $45.00 1 $45.00
Bound to the Fire: How Virginia's Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine • Amazon Business $21.39 1 $21.39
American Experience: Freedom Summer • Amazon Business $19.32 1 $19.32
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America • Amazon Business $19.00 1 $19.00
1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History • Amazon Business $17.00 1 $17.00
I, Too, Am America • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Slavery By Another Name • Amazon Business $16.78 1 $16.78
Slavery and the Making of America DVD • Amazon Business $16.43 1 $16.43
African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross • Amazon Business $16.28 1 $16.28
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South • Amazon Business $15.80 1 $15.80
Glory (Special Edition, Repackaged) • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors • Amazon Business $15.05 1 $15.05
Malcolm X (Two-Disc Special Edition) • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Hate U Give, The • Amazon Business $14.96 1 $14.96
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present • Amazon Business $14.92 1 $14.92
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism • Amazon Business $14.91 1 $14.91
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore (Carolrhoda Picture Books) • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
The Slave Ship: A Human History • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
I Am Not Your Negro • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Lift Your Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop: Slave-Explorer • Amazon Business $13.25 1 $13.25
The Color Purple by Whoopi Goldberg • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $12.70 1 $12.70
I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Birth Of A Nation • Amazon Business $9.96 1 $9.96
Up from Slavery: The Autobiography of Booker T. Washington • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution • Amazon Business $9.64 1 $9.64
The Wiz / The Wiz Live! Musical Double Feature • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration • Amazon Business $8.75 1 $8.75
The Negro Travelers' Green Book: 1959 facsimile edition • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Mississippi Burning • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Freedom Summer • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Mis-education of the Negro • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
American Experience: The Abolitionists • Amazon Business $7.31 1 $7.31
12 Years a Slave • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
My Little Golden Book About Martin Luther King Jr. • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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