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Ms. Carter from Norfolk VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Teaching Beyond the Lesson

Help me give my students KNOWLEDGE for SUCCESS!! These books are needed to make informed and knowledgeable decisions in life.

  • $530 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach four sections of 10th grade English and two Creative Writing classes. My students all offer so much to my classroom and grant me the opportunity to learn through them daily. They all live diverse lives with many stories, experiences, struggles, and life lessons to share. Some of these young souls have experienced way more in their 16 years on earth than I could ever imagine having to strive through. But yet they do. They still come to school. They still put forth effort. They still yearn to learn.

I could never place into words the admiration, gratitude, respect, or understanding I have for my students.

They continually amaze me, every day. With all that they endure, they still walk through my classroom door, and return the smile that I give to them. They are imperfect teenagers, in an imperfect world. Through it all, my students are always pushing forward, gaining knowledge and understanding, of what it truly means to leave their mark on the world.

My Project

Our students are faced with life obstacles, many that we are not always able to talk them through. These books will serve as guides to ensure that they are able to make informed decisions, beyond school. The books that I selected for the classroom library will add to the growth and development of the students and teach them lessons beyond my given curriculum. These students have plenty of questions, and some that I do not always have an answer for. But these nonfiction titles will answer those questions and allow them to gain the knowledge needed for a successful life after high school.

Life after high school is often a thought that students are scared to envision.

Many don't have a plan beyond next week, so the answer to what they plan to do after high school, is often met with confused looks and feelings of concern. I'm hoping these books will allow them to think beyond the present. Some of these books will help students recount their past, while thinking about their future. A lot of these nonfiction selections will assist students will financial planning, business ventures, inspiration, and stories that relate to their struggle.

As teachers, we are not able to reach these students in all areas of life, because of time constraint, a rigorous curriculum, and a pacing guide that we must keep up with. But these books can fill in some of the blanks that we may not have time to fill in.

Ms. Carter
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dark Girls • Amazon Business $23.22 1 $23.22
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play • Amazon Business $22.48 1 $22.48
The Complete Guide to Personal Finance For Teenagers and College Students Revised 2nd Edition with Workbook on Companion CD • Amazon Business $21.62 1 $21.62
Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting and Running a Business: Turn Your Ideas into Money! • Amazon Business $20.80 1 $20.80
Basketball: A Love Story • Amazon Business $19.49 1 $19.49
13th Grade: Real World 101 • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter • Amazon Business $17.83 1 $17.83
Shoot Your Shot: A Sport-Inspired Guide To Living Your Best Life • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Walk-On Warrior: Drive, Discipline, and the Will to Win • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Black Girls Rock!: Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth. • Amazon Business $16.40 1 $16.40
An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago • Amazon Business $16.21 1 $16.21
The Gratitude Effect: Shift Your Mindset, Optimize Your Outcomes, and Boost Emotional Well-Being • Amazon Business $15.97 1 $15.97
Stephen Curry: The Inspirational Story of One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time! • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America • Amazon Business $14.47 1 $14.47
The Money Savvy Student • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By • Amazon Business $13.07 1 $13.07
Don't Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March • Amazon Business $12.61 1 $12.61
Adulting 101: #Wisdom4Life • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes and Female Firsts • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (National Book Award Winner) • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know: Like Buying Your Books Before Exams Start • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
The Diary of a Young Girl • Amazon Business $7.16 1 $7.16

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