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Mrs. Hernandez from New York NY is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning through Documentaries!

My students need 31 DVD documentaries to understand foreign cultures, the struggles people face, and be exposed to varying viewpoints on world issues.

  • $734 goal

This project expired on February 27, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember the first time you watched a documentary and felt a connection to a whole other world that you didn't even know existed? Or a drive to do something productive because of an issue that angered you?

My students are from New York City and oftentimes lead very secluded, sheltered, urban lifestyles.

They do not have the means and resources to travel outside of the city and be exposed to other parts of the nation or world. Nor do they realize there is a whole world to explore beyond their borough! My students work extremely hard on a daily basis reading, writing, and researching "foreign" concepts, careers, cultures, and subject matter.

My Project

I teach many novels to my students throughout the school year. Here are two examples in which documentaries enhanced the content and richness of the novels: 7th grade: We read a book called Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. It's an historical fiction account of a girl who grows up during the Dust Bowl in the panhandle of Oklahoma. Before reading, I show a documentary called Surviving the Dust Bowl. Students from last year are still talking about the powerful images and struggling lifestyle the documentary captured! After viewing, discussing, and writing about the documentary, their minds are prepared to tackle the content in the book. 8th grade: We read the book called The Giver by Lois Lowry. The setting is a Utopian society in which the main character must make a heartbreaking decision to escape from his community for a better life for himself. I open this unit by watching A Life Apart: Hasidism in America to prepare the students for the concept of intentional communities.

This project is so important to my students because it illustrates how other cultures live, survive, and the struggles they face.

Many of the requested documentaries also open their eyes to careers, global issues, and scientific concepts they have never been exposed to before. In addition to using the documentaries throughout my curriculum, I am building a lending library in which students can share the DVDs with their families. I also will sponsor a documentary club after school.

Mrs. Hernandez
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 96 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FLOW Irena Salina • Barnes and Noble $25.64 1 $25.64
Between the Folds Vanessa Gould • Barnes and Noble $19.70 1 $19.70
A Life Apart: Hasidism In America Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky • Barnes and Noble $25.64 1 $25.64
Emmanuel's Gift Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern, Emmanuel Ofusu Yeboah • Barnes and Noble $12.81 1 $12.81
American Experience: Surviving the Dust Bowl • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
National Geographic: In the Womb - Multiples Lorne Townend • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
Toys Are Us: A Revolution in Plastic Steve Again, Brin Berliner, Brian Flynn, Kano • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
Baby Human: Geniuses in Diapers • Barnes and Noble $12.81 1 $12.81
Life After People: the Complete Season Two • Barnes and Noble $25.64 1 $25.64
Objectified Gary Hustwit, Paola Antonelli, Chris Bangle, Andrew Blauvelt • Barnes and Noble $21.36 1 $21.36
Darwin's Nightmare Hubert Sauper • Barnes and Noble $23.07 1 $23.07
National Geographic: China's Lost Girls • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
NOVA: Bees - Tales From the Hive Herbert Habersack, Wolfgang Thaler • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
Journey of Man Clive Maltby • Barnes and Noble $21.36 1 $21.36
Pressure Cooker Mark Becker, Jennifer Grausman • Barnes and Noble $21.36 1 $21.36
Fuel Josh Tickell, Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson, Larry Hagman • Barnes and Noble $21.36 1 $21.36
Microcosmos Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
Winged Migration Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats, Guy Jarry, Jacques Perrin • Barnes and Noble $7.11 1 $7.11
Yellowstone: Battle for Life • Barnes and Noble $21.36 1 $21.36
Maxed Out James D. Scurlock • Barnes and Noble $12.81 1 $12.81
Forgiving Dr. Mengele Bob Hercules, Cheri Pugh • Barnes and Noble $21.36 1 $21.36
No Impact Man Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein, Colin Beavan, Michelle Conlin • Barnes and Noble $25.64 1 $25.64
Ken Burns' America: Brooklyn Bridge Ken Burns, Roger M. Sherman, Buddy Squires, Amy Stechler • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
My Kid Could Paint That Amir Bar-Lev, Mark Olmstead, Marla Olmstead, Zane Olmstead • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
Beautiful Losers Aaron Rose • Barnes and Noble $25.64 1 $25.64
The Botany of Desire Michael Schwarz • Barnes and Noble $21.36 1 $21.36
I Am Because We Are Nathan Rissman • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
Standing in the Shadows of Motown Paul Justman, Richard "Pistol" Allen, Jack "Black Jack" Ashford, Bob Babbitt • Barnes and Noble $9.01 1 $9.01
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Judy Irving, Mark Bittner, Ivan Stormgart, Maggie McCall • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
Man on Wire James Marsh, Philippe Petit • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
National Geographic: Inside the Living Body Martin Williams • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09

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