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Mrs. Coumier from Orange TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Movies: Bringing History to Life

My students need the ability to not just hear, but see how historic events happened and how they still have a lasting impact on today's society.

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My Students

Many of my students lost their homes and belongings in Hurricane Harvey. LCM is a small and close knit community where everyone has been working hard to rebuild from the devastation of the storm. My students have helped their parents, families and friends tear down and rebuild homes, businesses and churches. Since September 20th when my students were finally able to come back to school we have been on half days, sharing our classroom with the teacher and students from two other campuses in our district. For many of my students the hours that they are at school are the most normal that they have in their lives.

My students are amazing and they are determined to not let the "Harvey Life" get them down.

They deserve the best that I can give them during this difficult time and with your help I can give them the best education possible during the limited amount of time that we have together. Thank you for your consideration.

My Project

Students tend to have a difficult time fully understanding and visualizing different events in history. While lectures and pictures are all well and good, videos and movies go beyond mere words and can immerse students in the lesson. Sometimes movies and videos are the only ways to really bring to life events that happen fifty or more years in the past. One historical era that I have noticed my students tend to struggle with is the Holocaust. There is nothing that my students can relate that to. Even reading primary documents such as Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl cannot fully allow my students to grasp the horrors of that era. However movies such as Schindler’s List or Boy in the Strip Pajamas, help my student to not just visualize the concept but also apply real-life meanings to the concepts as well.

The use of instructional videos in the classroom help students to retain more information, understand difficult concepts easier and make students much more engaged in learning than just regular classroom instruction.

I also plan to use the videos to help my students explore not just the past but the present as well. Many of the chosen videos will expose my students to parts of the country they might not have a chance to visit, while also exposing them to ideas and concepts of others from around the country. Videos are also a way to reach students with a variety of learning styles, but especially visual learners.

It is my hope that with your generous donations, I will be able to use these videos to help my students more fully understand and emphasize with past events and to help them to develop and appreciation for the uniqueness that is our nations history. Thank you for considering my project.

Mrs. Coumier
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

This project will reach 125 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick DVD • Amazon Business $27.97 1 $27.97
World Trade Center (Full Screen Edition) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Liberty! The American Revolution • Amazon Business $18.05 1 $18.05
American Experience: The Great War DVD • Amazon Business $17.78 1 $17.78
America The Story Of Us (3-Disc Collection) [DVD] • Amazon Business $17.43 1 $17.43
Founding Fathers • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Selma • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
Hidden Figures • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Remember the Titans (Widescreen Edition) • Amazon Business $9.96 1 $9.96
The Men Who Built America [DVD] • Amazon Business $9.96 1 $9.96
Hamilton: Building America [DVD] • Amazon Business $9.96 1 $9.96
Mankind The Story Of All Of Us • Amazon Business $9.96 1 $9.96
Race • Amazon Business $9.76 1 $9.76
Pearl Harbor • Amazon Business $9.11 1 $9.11
42: The Jackie Robinson Story • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
The Ultimate Guide To The Presidents [DVD] • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
President's Book Of Secrets • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
History Of The World In Two Hours [DVD] • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
102 Minutes That Changed America • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
WWII in HD (DVD) • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
The World Wars [DVD + Digital] • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
Red Tails • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
Miracle (Full Screen Edition) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The History Channel Presents: Pearl Harbor • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
Cinderella Man (Widescreen Edition) • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00

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