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Ms. Franzinger Barrett from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sankofa Stories: Students Need Diverse Biographies

My students need 101 Changemakers, Bad Girls Throughout History, and many other biographies of diverse individuals for their upcoming nonfiction writing unit.

  • $325 goal

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My Students

I teach in a small neighborhood public dual language elementary school with a fine arts focus. Our school serves 98% children of color, 87% receive free or reduced lunch, 70% are learning English as a second language, and 20% have been identified with one or more disabilities. In the dire financial climate of Chicago Public Schools, our community has endured years of budget cuts, layoffs, and dwindling resources. But that's just the numbers.

My students are remarkable humans, and our school is a vibrant, empathetic, and affirming community that truly supports children and their families.

As a dual language school, all of our students receive instruction every day in both English and Spanish, so that no matter their home language, they will graduate fully bilingual and biliterate. We've received federal grants to support artist residencies, to give all of our students access to theater, music, and visual arts. Our parent community runs GED and ESL classes, exercise groups, and a small business start up.

My classroom is a resource room for students in grades 4 through 7 who get support in reading, writing, math, and independent functioning.

My Project

My students need 101 Changemakers, Bad Girls Throughout History, and many other biographies of diverse individuals for their upcoming nonfiction writing unit.

Our language arts class is about to start a unit on nonfiction writing.

We'll be investigating changemakers and activists from around the world. After research, we'll create reports and presentations to share with other classes in our school.

Sankofa Stories connect us to our past and help us dream the future. Students can use historical and cultural biographies as jumping off points for their own investigations into people they admire in their own communities and lives. We'll use technology from previous grants to do interviews. When we've finished, we'll curate an exhibit of our heroes, past and present, near and far.

Ms. Franzinger Barrett
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $17.96 1 $17.96
101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History • Amazon Business $16.29 1 $16.29
Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World • Amazon Business $16.05 1 $16.05
Ed Roberts: Father of Disability Rights • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $14.61 1 $14.61
Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability • Amazon Business $14.30 1 $14.30
You Should Meet Collector's Set: Women Who Launched the Computer Age; Mae Jemison; Misty Copeland; Jesse Owens; Duke Kahanamoku; Katherine Johnson • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
100 Women Who Made History • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! (City Lights/Sister Spit) • Amazon Business $10.28 1 $10.28
Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Boys Who Rocked the World: Heroes from King Tut to Bruce Lee • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98

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