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Dr. Barnhart from South Orange NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Powerful Historical Narratives

Help me give my students powerful historical narratives such as The Life of Frederick Douglass and Stella by Starlight that will bring history alive!

  • $587 goal

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My Students

My students in South Orange are brilliant, creative, diverse thinkers from a variety of backgrounds. Our school has a beautiful range of students from many socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. They are new to sixth grade, and so they are just getting accustomed to thinking, reading and writing like real historians!

In sixth grade, students are still young and curious, eager to devour knowledge about the world around them.

I want to hone in on, and develop, this curiosity through historical narratives!

My Project

Students often complain that history is boring. That’s because the amazing stories of the past so often get lost. With these stories, the everyday decision-making, the unbelievable journeys, and the risks people took to change the world will come to life. We will engage in literature circles, active discussion and consistent read-alouds of these wonderful books.

We will read these together as a class and hold literature circles in which each child will have an important role, will prepare documents for their role, and discuss the book from the perspective of that role in their small group.

These individual accounts will have students riveted, and will change the way they think about history forever.

Dr. Barnhart
Grades 6-8

This project will reach 130 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Stella by Starlight • Amazon Business $8.38 30 $251.40
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave • Amazon Business $7.00 30 $210.00

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