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Ms. Purdy from Camden NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

History Through Their Eyes

My students need biographical books and films to supplement our history curriculum.

  • $253 goal

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My Students

Every day, my students ask, "Miss, what are we doing today?" and the usual response is "Learning!" followed by groans and eye-rolling. My students come from low-income households and receive free breakfast and lunch in school.

Often, schoolwork isn't their primary focus, and it can be hard to motivate them to take their learning seriously.

I regularly introduce outside resources like biographies, film studies, and guest speakers to spark their interest in history. As part of my practice, I try to bring creative and challenging research projects to the classroom, in order to advance their learning and inquiry about the world around them.

My Project

My students are craving the resources that allow them to learn beyond the text, and hear from the people who experienced the events we learn about in class. They regularly borrow from the small library of biographies we have in the classroom that supplement the topics we are learning.

Often students will ask me "have you seen this movie," and my reply is "yes, but the book is better".

Then they rush over to the library cart to look for the book to read first and when students bring back the book, I let them borrow the film, if I have it. These books and films will add to the existing library and further promote independent learning.

Ms. Purdy
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 80 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Nanjing: The Burning City • Amazon Business $16.19 3 $48.57
Shigeru Mizuki's Hitler • Amazon Business $18.89 1 $18.89
The Wave (Die Welle) • Amazon Business $18.01 1 $18.01
Night • Amazon Business $12.25 1 $12.25
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Day: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
The Aviator (2004) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Attack on Darfur • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
Charlie Wilson's War (Widescreen Edition) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Dawn • Amazon Business $7.74 1 $7.74
The Wave (Laurel-Leaf contemporary fiction) • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Gangs Of New York • Amazon Business $5.98 1 $5.98
Catch Me If You Can (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
The Iron Lady • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
Miracle at St Anna (Widescreen Edition) • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00

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