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Mrs. S. from Springfield IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Holocaust and Reading Go Hand in Hand!!

My students need 11 Holocaust books to enhance their understanding of those horrible crimes, and the great human spirit that came from the victims.

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This project expired on June 14, 2010.

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I teach 44 at-risk, low income 7th and 8th grade students. These students are with me all day because they have not been successful in the regular school setting. The students are all on free or reduced lunch, and they do not have much of a home life. This is the second year I have had these students, and they are showing so much growth and achievement. They are starting to feel what it feels like to be successful, and what they need to do to be successful.

My students just finished learning about the Holocaust, and they are excited about it. They did not want to stop reading about it at the end of the period. It was the first time they have been excited about school and learning in a long time. It is great to see something positive come out of the classroom. Since we are at a low income school we have a lack of available supplies. It is very difficult for the school to come up with an extra amount of money to purchase "extra" materials to enhance the students learning. Since the students are so excited I want to build on their excitement and prior knowledge and keep them engaged in their learning.

We need copies of several different books about the Holocaust so I can provide materials for Literature Circles in the classroom. The children are interested in this topic, and I want to keep them reading. These novels will be the first novels most of the students will have read in its entirety. The students will have the novels, cooperative groups, and research within these Literature Circles. They will research several sides of the Holocaust. They will read about the victims, the Nazi-Regime, and the people that put their lives on the line to help the victims.

You will make it possible for my students to stay excited about learning. These students need all the help they can get when it comes to reading, and to find a topic they are excited about is something great, and you will be allowing us to build on their excitement and increase their reading skills. The Holocaust is such a difficult topic to teach, and these novels will provide the students with different perspectives about this difficult subject.

Mrs. S.
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Histories of the Holocaust: Buchenwald 1937-1942 • Barnes and Noble $16.19 1 $16.19
Five Chimneys: A Woman's Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz Olga Lengyel • Barnes and Noble $11.16 1 $11.16
I Escaped from Auschwitz Rudolf Vrba • Barnes and Noble $17.95 1 $17.95
Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land Sara Nomberg-Przytyk, Eli Pfefferkorn (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $15.16 1 $15.16
Inside the Gas Chambers : Eight Months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz Shlomo Venezia, Andrew Brown, Simone Veil, Beatrice Prasquier, Jean Mouttapa (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $18.36 1 $18.36
Survival in Auschwitz Primo Levi • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Eyewitness Auschwitz Filip Muller, Susanne Flatauer (Editor), Contribution by Helmut Freitag • Barnes and Noble $10.36 1 $10.36
Cage Ruth Minsky Sender • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Sophie's Choice William Styron • Barnes and Noble $12.80 1 $12.80
The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister With Denise George, Carolyn Tomlin, With Carolyn Tomlin • Barnes and Noble $15.99 1 $15.99
We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust Jacob Boas • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09

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