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Ms. Donat from Fresno CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

People Like Me! Books for a Culturally Relevant History Classroom

Help me give my students culturally relevant books about historical people that look like them!

  • $595 goal

This project expired on January 29, 2019.

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My Students

My students are unique, passionate, and full of excitement. They are the reason I love my job and why I wake up ready to work every day. Most of my students come from a background of poverty, and many of them face a sense of disillusionment with school. They face difficulties outside of school that many adults cannot begin to imagine.

Despite the difficulties they face, my students have a desire to learn and they demonstrate that every day in the classroom.

They ask insightful questions and make connections with what they are learning. They strive to be better learners and better people. It is my mission to give them the tools and skills to become all they want to be.

My Project

Oftentimes, the study of U.S. history focuses on a people that my students cannot understand. Research shows that when students are surrounded by books filled with characters and people who don't look like them, then they will feel disconnected. Instead, a more effective strategy is to provide students with a wide range of resources about the diverse group of people who contributed to American history.

The purpose of this project is to give my students historical books about people with the same ethnic background, culture, gender, and age as them.

These books will help me create a culturally relevant classroom where my students feel welcome and comfortable learning about a wide range of historical figures and experiences.

Books like "Black Heroes of the American Revolution" and "The Displacement of Native Peoples" provide a variety of cultural experiences. Books from the "Who Were" series will give all my students a story to connect with and will help them learn about U.S. history in a new way. All of these books will be used to give students a view of how many different people contributed to the history of our country!

Ms. Donat
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 220 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Who Was? Nonfiction (24 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $107.57 1 $107.57
What Was...? (10 Books) • AKJ Education $44.82 1 $44.82
We Were There, Too! Young People in U.S. History • AKJ Education $26.27 1 $26.27
Pink and Say • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Henry's Freedom Box • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Last Brother • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Transcontinental Railroads • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Immigration • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Civil Rights • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
The Underground Railroad • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Chains • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
The Displacement of Native Peoples • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Women's Suffrage • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Native Peoples of the Northeast • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Native Peoples of the Plains • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Native Peoples of California • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Native Peoples of the Southeast • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Black Heroes of the American Revolution • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Nelson Mandela: "No Easy Walk to Freedom" • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Boys of Wartime: Will at the Battle of Gettysburg • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Boys of Wartime: Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776 • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
90 Miles to Havana • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Who Was Abraham Lincoln? • AKJ Education $5.39 1 $5.39
Esperanza Rising • AKJ Education $4.89 1 $4.89
Who Was Paul Revere? • AKJ Education $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Andrew Jackson? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Cesar Chavez? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Susan B. Anthony? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Betsy Ross? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Sitting Bull? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Clara Barton? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Robert E. Lee? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Where Is the White House? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Abigail Adams? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was George Washington? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Nelson Mandela? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Booker T. Washington? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Frederick Douglass? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Mark Twain? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Alexander Hamilton? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Was the Alamo? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37

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