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Mrs. Keaton from Fort Worth TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Stories Your Teacher Never Told You

My students need additional book resources to help learn US History.

  • $286 goal

This project expired on May 19, 2015.

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My Students

The textbooks are boring. They were boring when I was in school and not much has changed. Help be the change at our school by providing additional resources.

I teach social studies and need something to help grab my students’ attention with US history.

My favorite way to yank them is to tell them stories they won't find in their textbooks. The suggested book is great to either tell a unique story or see the event from a different perspective. Our school is a Title I school where about 75% of our students are on free and reduced lunches. I can only put so much money of my own into the classroom and would not ask the parents because I know that they are hardworking people that need the money themselves.

My Project

Knowing how much I disliked reading fact after fact in the textbooks, I realized that I could get the same information if someone told it to me in story form. That is what I try to do with my students - make sure that they see how far we have come as a state, and make it meaningful to them. Telling stories that are not widely known can really pull my students in and make it more memorable to the students personally. The books that are listed are ones that tell a unique story that would not normally be found in a textbook or common knowledge. Outside of our textbook and our school library, my students do not have exposure to different types of resources. The books on this list will help enrich the learning that my students receive in my classroom.

By helping to purchase these books, you are helping students grasp a better understanding about their state’s history and how they have the power to change the world.

Textbooks are limiting and district funding is not there to supply our library. Students learn in many different ways and these books will provide for visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners.

Mrs. Keaton
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dangerous Crossing: The Revolutionary Voyage of John Quincy Adams • Amazon $17.09 1 $17.09
A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark (Picture Book Biographies) • Amazon $15.65 1 $15.65
Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything • Amazon $14.66 1 $14.66
Master George's People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation • Amazon $14.32 1 $14.32
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon $14.04 1 $14.04
The Star-Spangled Banner • Amazon $13.56 1 $13.56
Amelia And Eleanor Go For A Ride • Amazon $13.35 1 $13.35
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq • Amazon $13.15 1 $13.15
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon $12.94 1 $12.94
The Camping Trip that Changed America • Amazon $12.75 1 $12.75
Abe Lincoln's Dream • Amazon $12.74 1 $12.74
To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt • Amazon $12.61 1 $12.61
Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library • Amazon $12.58 1 $12.58
Dolley Madison Saves George Washington • Amazon $12.15 1 $12.15
Locomotive (Caldecott Medal Book) • Amazon $10.14 1 $10.14
They Called Her Molly Pitcher • Amazon $7.54 1 $7.54

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