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Mr. Arnold from Odessa FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Teaching History With Real Heroes

Help me give my students access to nonfiction and fiction young adult novels that feature historical perspectives from diverse points of view.

  • $260 goal

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My Students

My students are from different parts of the Tampa Bay area. They are a diverse set of students. Most are energetic, creative and eager-to-learn. Every day, they arrive before most people are even in the car on the way to work. They love working with partners and in groups. I want my classroom to enable them to be ready for the real world.

Some students have been diagnosed with ADHD and other learning disabilities.

I want to make sure all students have supports to help them achieve the very best. Students will often tell me that the classroom is different and is the only classroom they wish they could stay in all day.

Students are happy with their school and teachers. Each day, they learn something new and come back the next day ready to learn more.

My Project

I want to give my students access to novels that feature historical accounts based on the people who lived through the events. My students learn about civics topics in a middle school classroom. Some students come from backgrounds featured in these novels.

Why not grant access to civics topics from perspectives that might be different or similar than my own students.

Presenting novels with characters and real life persons that may look the same as the students who read the books can boost learning outcomes and student confidence. I'm interested in presenting the topics of law, rights, and history so that students can see the real life impact of these concepts. My hope is that students will pick up one of these books and think the same thing.

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Mr. Arnold
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 115 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
March: Book Three (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $30.49 2 $60.98
March: Book One (Oversized Hardcover Edition) • Amazon Business $20.24 2 $40.48
The Nickel Boys: A Novel • Amazon Business $13.59 2 $27.18
They Called Us Enemy • Amazon Business $11.59 2 $23.18
March: Book Two • Amazon Business $10.74 2 $21.48
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice • Amazon Business $7.21 2 $14.42

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