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Ms. Barragan from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Historical Reader and Writers

My students need historical fiction & non-fiction books to read & use as research resources for their historical writing unit. Students will use books to read & analyze narrative and text features and create their own.

  • $249 goal

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My Students

Our school is tucked away in Echo Park, Los Angeles. The city providing a beautiful backdrop of diversity and exposure to a wide variety of attitudes, beliefs and celebrations of life. Our students come from all over Los Angeles to be a part of this Dance Charter school, who's mission is to serve lower-income community families and expose our students to a rigorous daily dance curriculum, that allows students to express themselves emotionally and physically through dance.

This group of students is particularly special because of their resilience, not only in school, but in life.

All my students are immersed in the general education classroom, pushing themselves to meet standards presented to them, despite having an array of disabilities that ranges from Autism, to Emotional Disturbance, & many having experienced severe trauma. These students push themselves, never giving up & always managing to uplift their peers & teachers with encouragement. They make the days meaningful.

My Project

Students will learn how to closely look at historical events and critically think about how they shape people and societies. Through access to these books, students will not only learn about historical events through fiction and non-fiction, but also will begin to practice their own historical fiction writing skills. They will use these books as inspiration, to show them ways in which we can create stories that come from the imagination, but are rooted in real life events.

One of the biggest core values that we teach at GCS is to understand what empathy is and how we can be more empathetic towards others.

These books are meant to begin sparking questions for students to ask themselves, "What would it have been like to be there during the Holocaust?" or "I wonder what people emotions people were experiencing during the Civil Rights Movement?" Students will use these books to probe their own ideas about major events that they feel have shaped our city, country, communities, and begin to write using these as inspiration.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Civil Rights Movement for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series) • Amazon Business $14.85 1 $14.85
The Great Depression for Kids: Hardship and Hope in 1930s America, with 21 Activities (For Kids series) • Amazon Business $14.55 1 $14.55
The Search for the Golden Mission: A kid's fantastic journey of the 21 California missions • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Motivational Stress Ball Assortment - Teacher Peach Stress Relief Toys for Kids and Adults - Best as Inspirational Teacher Gift or Office Gift for Coworkers - 3 Pack, Purple (7 Colors Available) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
California's Missions: from A to Z • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Child of the Civil Rights Movement • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Mystery on the California Mission Trail (5) (Real Kids Real Places) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Spanish Missions of California (True Books: American History (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
What Was Ellis Island? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
What Was the Gold Rush? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
What Was the Holocaust? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
What Was the Great Depression? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
What Is Climate Change? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
What Was D-Day? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
What Was the Underground Railroad? • Amazon Business $4.34 1 $4.34
What Was Pearl Harbor? • Amazon Business $4.28 1 $4.28
Where Is the Amazon? • Amazon Business $3.77 1 $3.77

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