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Ms. Leck from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Historical Fiction Books: Making History Come Alive

My students need 96 copies of the novel "Before We Were Free" by Julia Alzarez in order to learn about government and freedom.

  • $668 goal

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Reading, writing and history, oh my! Schools across the country faced dramatic budget cuts this year and for my 7th grade students this meant combining two classes into one in order to free up some much needed funds. As a result, for the 2009-2010 school year English and Social Studies have been combined to form Humanities. With only 4.5 hours a weeks in my classroom students are struggling to learn all there is to know about reading, writing and the history of the United States from the first civilizations through the Civil War. In an effort to increase student learning and help students make connections between everything they are learning we will be reading four historical fiction novels. Unfortunately, the school only owns two of these! With no money left for books I'm reaching out to you all for help purchasing the book "Before We Were Free," by Julia Alvarez. A story of a young girl growing up in the Dominican Republic during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, this book will give my students a better understanding of the central role democracy and freedom play in the U.S. and what life can be like without these things. In addition with a large number of Dominican students in my classroom it will give them a chance to learn about an often forgotten time of pain and terror in their own homelands.

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

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Before We Were Free Julia Alvarez • Barnes and Noble $5.03 96 $482.88

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