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Ms. Friel the Librarian from San Francisco CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Inspire Students With Malcolm X Graphic Biography

My students need a class set of 30 copies of the book Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography.

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Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography will inspire my students to read and to invest themselves more in their education and in their own success. I teach Modern World and American Democracy at a public continuation high school in California. My students have attended at least one, but sometimes three or more, other high schools. Our school is a "last chance" for a traditional high school diploma, and our students are at high risk of dropping out altogether. I want to prevent that from happening!

I want to hook my students into education with engaging materials that will inspire them and increase their skills. My students, age 16-19, frequently read at an elementary school level. My students find a wide range of topics interesting, but especially seem to enjoy stories of people that they can relate to; people who have struggled as they have.

Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography will appeal to my students on several levels. Students find Malcolm X to be an interesting, inspiring historical figure, but they don't necessarily know a lot about him or his life. This book will be an excellent resource to learn about Malcolm X's life, African American history, the Civil Rights era, empowerment, and political movements. We will read the book aloud in class, so that students can learn from the material through both seeing and hearing. The graphic (comic book) format of the book will appeal to students because of the short blocks of text and the interesting illustrated images. The book's subject and format will help engage my students who say that they don't like to read. I also hope that for some students, Malcolm X's message about self-respect, education, and empowerment will inspire students in how they live their own lives.

Your donation in support of a class set of Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography for my classroom will help excite students who have been alienated from their education and make them feel excited about reading! Thank you so much for your support.

Ms. Friel the Librarian
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography Andrew Helfer, Randy Duburke (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 30 $457.50

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