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Mrs. McCoin from Detroit MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

How Did People in Ancient Civilizations Live?

Help me give my students a way to learn about historic events by reading fictionalized accounts of ancient civilizations.

  • $308 goal

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My Students

My students come to school every day eager to learn. I teach 7th grade social studies in a large, urban district. There are one hundred and fifty three students in five sections.

The majority of my students identify as Hispanic/Latino, and most speak Spanish as their first language.

Several students start the year speaking no English. Despite the challenges they face these students are creative, and they love reading diverse books, technology, music, and art.

The families of my students truly want the best for their children and place a high value on education but often lack the means to provide the enrichment activities and additional resources that are necessary for their children to achieve educational success.

My Project

7th grade students learn about the ancient civilizations in Social Studies. The students are going to be required to complete a project that is told from the perspective of a person living in that time period. These books give a lot of information in a way that 7th grade students can understand. Even my reluctant readers will try a book with interesting illustrations .

My students love to read but many lack access to high interest, relevant reading material.

Having these “You Wouldn’t Want to Be...” books in my classroom will allow the students to check out and read books to complete their project. Students will be able to spend their time reading which will increase their reading stamina and fluency while they are also getting content they need for Social Studies.

Mrs. McCoin
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Roman Gladiator!: Gory Things You'd Rather Not Know • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Great Wall of China!: Defenses You'd Rather Not Build • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
You Wouldn't Want to Be Cleopatra! (Revised Edition) • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Sumerian Slave!: A Life of Hard Labor You'd Rather Avoid • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Greek Athlete! • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pyramid Builder!: A Hazardous Job You'd Rather Not Have • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Slave in Ancient Greece! (Revised Edition) • Amazon Business $9.61 2 $19.22
You Wouldn't Want to Explore with Marco Polo!: A Really Long Trip You'd Rather Not Take • Amazon Business $9.38 2 $18.76
You Wouldn't Want to Be an Egyptian Mummy!: Digusting Things You'd Rather Not Know • Amazon Business $9.34 2 $18.68
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Mammoth Hunter: Dangerous Beasts You'd Rather Not Encounter • Amazon Business $9.08 2 $18.16
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Samurai!: A Deadly Career You'd Rather Not Pursue • Amazon Business $9.08 2 $18.16
You Wouldn't Want to Be Tutankhamen! • Amazon Business $7.93 2 $15.86

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