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Mrs. Altman from Georgetown SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading that is Relevant! (Part Two)

My students need a wide variety of 32 non-fiction and historical fiction books, from the civil rights movement in America to the early authors of our Constitution.

  • $582 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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I teach US History and Global Studies II at a high poverty high school in South Carolina. Many of my students have IEPs and nearly all of them are on a substantially lower reading level than where they are expected to be. This year our school has become a part of the program "High Schools that Work." As per the program, all students in social studies courses are required to write two book reports on either a fiction or non-fiction piece directly related to U.S. history or global studies. Because the majority of my students do not feel comfortable with their reading abilities, most of them cringe when they hear that not only will they be required to read, but that they must read even more about history (a topic that many teenagers regard as irrelevant and pointless). In addition to the nervousness many of my students feel about reading, as a first year teacher my classroom "library" is nearly non-existent. Therefore, when the time comes to "drop everything and read" or to prepare a book report, the students have no appropriate options within the classroom. While the library is an excellent place to look, often times the books students are interested in reading are already checked out, or students may feel overwhelmed by the plethora of choices. The solution? Providing students with an extensive classroom library that is inviting and built of a strong variety of non-fiction and historical fiction resources. The selected titles are all directly correlated with both the state standards and topics I have noticed sparking the most interest with students this year. By contributing to "Reading that is Relevant" you are not only making reading enjoyable, but allowing students to make the connection between the events of the past and the state of the world as it stands. Furthermore, you are possibly playing an even more crucial role in students' lives by preparing them for college. As the years go by, college entrance becomes more and more competitive. We all know that much of what is looked at when applying for further education are a student's standardized test scores and his/her GPA. By providing students with reading materials they feel a connection with, you are making reading fun and in turn improving students' reading abilities on a daily basis! These improved reading levels will make testing and daily success in the classroom much easier, not to mention a task students will inherently begin to look forward to! Finally, once students are accepted to a college they will be able to keep with the fast pace of reading that is expected in higher level courses and what an amazing feeling that will be for a once struggling reader!

Mrs. Altman
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Darfur Darfur Leslie Thomas (Editor), Mark Brecke (Photographer), Lynsey Addario (Photographer), Foreword by Samantha Powers • Barnes and Noble $31.50 1 $31.50
Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South: A Brief History with Documents Paul Finkelman • Barnes and Noble $14.17 1 $14.17
The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History John M. Barry • Barnes and Noble $15.30 1 $15.30
The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Noted by Gareth Stedman Jones, Gareth Stedman Jones • Barnes and Noble $7.20 1 $7.20
Souls of Black Folk (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) W. E. B. Du Bois, Farah Jasmine Griffin (Editor), Farah Jasmine Griffin (Introduction), Farah Jasmine Griffith (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Communist Manifesto and Other Writings (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Martin Puchner (Illustrator), Martin Puchner (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Walden and Civil Disobedience (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Henry David Thoreau, Jonathan Levin (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience Juan Williams, Marian Wright Edelman (Afterword), Foreword by David Halberstam • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Three African-American Classics: Up from Slavery, The Souls of Black Folk and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, W. E. Du Bois • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 Mary Beth Norton • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda Philip Gourevitch • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Joseph Conrad, A. Michael Matin (Introduction), Noted by A. Michael Matin • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves Adam Hochschild • Barnes and Noble $6.98 1 $6.98
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa Adam Hochschild • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
Souls of Black Folk (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) W. E. B. Du Bois, Farah Jasmine Griffin (Editor), Farah Jasmine Griffin (Introduction), Farah Jasmine Griffith (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Communist Manifesto and Other Writings (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Martin Puchner (Illustrator), Martin Puchner (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Walden and Civil Disobedience (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Henry David Thoreau, Jonathan Levin (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World... One Child at a Time Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin, Adapted by Sarah Thomson • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Voices of Civil Rights • Barnes and Noble $17.99 1 $17.99
My Bondage and My Freedom (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Frederick Douglass, Brent Hayes Edwards (Introduction), George Stade • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa Adam Hochschild • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
Salt: A World History Mark Kurlansky • Barnes and Noble $12.80 1 $12.80
Rights of Man Thomas Paine, Paine • Barnes and Noble $2.70 1 $2.70
Mein Kampf Adolf Hitler, Ralph Manheim (Translator), Konrad Heiden (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $15.40 1 $15.40
Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind Suzanne Fisher Staples • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Founding America: Documents from the Revolution to the Bill of Rights (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Jack N. Rakove (Introduction), George Stade • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Common Sense and Other Writings (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Thomas Paine, Joyce Appleby (Introduction), Noted by Joyce Appleby • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
The Night Trilogy Elie Wiesel • Barnes and Noble $15.30 1 $15.30
The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur Brian Steidle, Gretchen Steidle Wallace • Barnes and Noble $22.45 1 $22.45
The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale Art Spiegelman, Fred Jordon (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $28.00 1 $28.00
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda Philip Gourevitch • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
Industrial Revolution Jeff Horn • Barnes and Noble $44.95 1 $44.95

Materials cost

$391.30

Vendor shipping charges

$39.13

State sales tax

$19.57

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.78

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$477.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$104.71

Total project goal

$581.71

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$581.71

2 Donors

-$280.18

Donations toward project cost

-$238.15

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$42.03

match offer

-$281.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$230.42

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$50.58

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$10.25

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$0.00

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