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Mr. Fobian from Alameda CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Non-Fiction Books to Connect the Past With the Present

My students need Real Life stories from non-fiction books to connect with History.

  • $656 goal

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My Students

Encinal Jr. and Sr. High is an amazing school with a student population that is extremely diverse. Our students at Encinal Jr. and Sr. High have the benefit of attending an incredibly diverse school. This allows for students to be exposed to many different cultures and learn from each other. Encinal is the hub for English Learners. We have approximately 22 different ethnicities and just as many languages. Encinal Jr. and Sr. High has a large homeless population and more than half of the student population is eligible for free and reduced lunch. Although many of our students struggle with many daily life challenges, the atmosphere here at school is amazing. The sense of community at Encinal Jr. and Sr. high is incredible. We work hard to support all students with all backgrounds and this is why we are such a great school.

My Project

The history classroom is often filled with information from the past that students often feel is irrelevant to their lives. Non-fiction books(Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women, We Should All Be Feminists and Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II) can help to bring history alive and peak student interest. The 10th grade Modern World History curriculum focuses on history from Plato to NATO. The books chosen for this project include a variety of topics, people, and events that will directly relate to the students in my class. These books will help students find history more relatable and will encourage healthy reading habits. The main impetus for creating this non-fiction classroom library is because the library at our site is severely outdated, with the vast majority of books dating back 30 years or more. If we are able to obtain funding for this project, over 165 students this school year alone will have the opportunity to read these books and hopefully become excited about learning history.

Mr. Fobian
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II • Amazon Business $20.57 1 $20.57
Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" • Amazon Business $17.31 1 $17.31
Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.73 1 $15.73
Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers (Junior Library Guild Selection) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes and Female Firsts • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
March: Book Two • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Twelve Years a Slave (Penguin Classics) • Amazon Business $13.25 1 $13.25
Muhammad Ali: The King of the Ring: A Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Hero of Hacksaw Ridge • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound • Amazon Business $12.64 1 $12.64
The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father • Amazon Business $12.53 1 $12.53
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race • Amazon Business $12.22 1 $12.22
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
The Blood of Emmett Till • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
March: Book Three • Amazon Business $11.35 1 $11.35
Lincoln's Grave Robbers • Amazon Business $11.27 1 $11.27
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers • Amazon Business $11.20 1 $11.20
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission • Amazon Business $9.92 1 $9.92
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Two Colored Women in World War I France (New Intro, Annotated) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
March: Book One • Amazon Business $8.84 1 $8.84
Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima • Amazon Business $8.82 1 $8.82
The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from Invisible Ink to CIA Moles • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
100 African-Americans Who Shaped American History (100 Series) • Amazon Business $7.47 1 $7.47
I Am Gandhi: A Graphic Biography of a Hero (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous • Amazon Business $6.61 1 $6.61
We Should All Be Feminists • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39

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