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Mrs. Taylor from Philadelphia PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Research, Writing and Revolution

My students need expanded access to books by renowned authors that will help them research the African American experience, particularly in the second half of the 20th Century.

  • $160 goal

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My Students

Our public magnet school is located in an urban environment and our curriculum emphasizes intellectual rigor, critical thinking and robust investigation. Our 1,200 diverse students enjoy reading, writing and analyzing information.

My students are mentally gifted and very motivated to read widely, deeply and to carefully consider the information that they encounter.

Students need constant access to serious adult-level books throughout the year to use for research. Their ability to read well allows them to access high level texts that can help them make meaning from the research of others.

My Project

Each year, tenth grade students take a required African American history course. Each student is tasked with researching and writing a paper for National History Day. Students are asked to choose any topic in African American history about which they are interested in learning more. Because of this, students choose subjects that are meaningful and perhaps a bit mysterious to them.

By reading strong secondary sources, such as books written by noted historians, students will be able to better analyze the plethora of primary sources that they use to make conclusions about a topic in African American history.

Each year, many students choose topics that are related to Black Power and the Civil Rights Movement. I want students to have increased access to books that they can use to learn more content and to build their research and writing skills.

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

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives • Amazon Business $20.21 1 $20.21
The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution • Amazon Business $15.79 1 $15.79
The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers (Penguin Classics) • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention • Amazon Business $10.30 1 $10.30
Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice • Amazon Business $8.74 1 $8.74
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39

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