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Mr. Robarge from Oshkosh WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Narrative Nonfiction Library

Help me give my students quality nonfiction books! The books on this list are narrative nonfiction, books that engage students strongly and engage them in learning!

  • $381 goal

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My Students

I will be welcoming a wonderful group of approximately 21 students who show kindness in a variety of ways. Many of the students come from low-income families (80% of our school is on free and reduced lunch), and trauma is a big part of many students' lives. While some students love the weekend, we have some students that feel the safest while at school.

As a classroom, we strive to put ourselves out there by taking risks, making mistakes, and supporting each other every day.

We know that the brightest minds make mistakes every day and that is how they learn. As young learners, we need to read about important people and events through history to see the mistakes and successes that have occurred.

My Project

These books will provide exceptional narrative nonfiction reading material to my students. Many of the books are about influential African Americans, and many more are about women. These books delve into the history of sciences and America.

With these books, I am attempting to create an inclusive classroom library that can inspire all students.

Studies show that when students can see themselves in the lives of others, they become more engaged. By seeing Americans of all walks of life, they will begin to see how all have contributed to American history.

Students will not only be able to access these books at all times, but they will be used to teach different points and viewpoints in history throughout the school day.

Mr. Robarge
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Legend of Old Abe: A Civil War Eagle (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales) • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $15.94 1 $15.94
Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X • Amazon Business $15.55 1 $15.55
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.62 1 $14.62
Let Them Play (Tales of Young Americans) • Amazon Business $14.20 1 $14.20
Trombone Shorty • Amazon Business $14.20 1 $14.20
Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation • Amazon Business $13.64 1 $13.64
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride • Amazon Business $13.60 1 $13.60
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 • Amazon Business $12.28 1 $12.28
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
Seven and a Half of Tons of Steel • Amazon Business $11.30 1 $11.30
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Margaret and the Moon • Amazon Business $10.71 1 $10.71
Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Back of the Bus • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March toward Freedom • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
A Nation's Hope: the Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $6.66 1 $6.66
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman • Amazon Business $6.25 1 $6.25

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