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Ms. Jimeno from Santa Ana CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Native American History Through Literature

My students need 15 copies of The Birchbark House and 15 copies of Children of the Longhouse, authentic literature depicting Native American life pre- and post-European contact to build literacy skills while learning American history.

  • $221 goal

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My Students

As fifth graders heading off to intermediate school next year, my students should have experiences reading and analyzing historical fictional texts that bring the past to life. When students are able to read stories told through the eyes of children their age, the history becomes more meaningful.

I teach fifth grade in a Title I elementary school with just under 1,100 students in an urban, predominantly Latino community.

The majority of the students are English language learners who have worked hard to reclassify as fluent English proficient by fifth grade. My students are eager to learn and love all of the content areas, especially social science, geography, and science! They love learning about their world, past and present. They also love conducting online research, experimenting with technology, and typing assignments and presentations on their Chromebooks! They constantly make connections with things they have learned in the past, as well as connections across the curriculum.

My Project

Receiving the books I have requested will complete my class set and the students will be able to participate in a novel study. Throughout the novel study, students will analyze text, learn to cite evidence, study literary elements, and learn about the Ojibwa people's customs, family life, and experiences with European settlers. The students will also participate in online class discussions in response to teacher prompts. Students who wish to extend their learning about Native American groups may also form a book club to learn about a Mohawk boy's experience in Children of the Longhouse. They will then create a project, incorporating technology, in which they can compare and contrast the experiences of the children in both novels. They may use various Google Applications to create their projects.

Donations to this project will provide my students with quality children's literature and a path for incorporating literacy standards with technology.

It will also give them the opportunity to better-understand complex historical events through stories told from the perspective of children their age. My students can make meaningful connections that will stay with them as they continue their educational journey through history.

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Ms. Jimeno
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 28 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Birchbark House • AKJ Books $5.10 15 $76.50
Children of the Longhouse • AKJ Books $4.37 15 $65.55

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