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Ms. Ferreira from Marina Del Rey CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Those Who Don't Know History Are Bound to Repeat It

Help me give my students a selection of books about the fight for equality for all people.

  • $596 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are energetic, creative and curious. I teach sixth- and seventh-grade English, and one of my greatest joys is seeing my students make a bee-line for the stack of new books that just arrived, or having a student say, "Mrs. F, I love this book."

I was a journalist before I became a teacher, and I am a firm believer that students must be able to write clearly and coherently.

It is incredible how many students do not know that they must capitalize all proper nouns every single time they write them. I have students who do not consistently capitalize their own names! So we write and we write and we write. Last year one of my classes was asked to report and anchor for our school's news reports.

I try to use our computers as much as possible because they are motivating, but technology can create its own set of issues, which we overcome somehow. Does it sound as though I love teaching? I hope so, because I do. When my class walks in every day, the students' energy and optimism make me smile.

My Project

My students know that there is a lot of controversy in the air, but they don't have the context to understand it. These books will provide students with some of that context, as they learn about some of the women who lead the fights for civil rights and for women rights.

These books will teach my students that they can have a role as students in speaking up for the rights of their community and that they will, as adults, have a role in ensuring that their communities do not face limits on their voting rights, their rights as employees and their rights as leaders.

We assume that children know about the history of slavery, the civil rights movement and the fact that women did not have the right to vote. Students don't know those things. These things will help to fill that gap.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Rightfully Ours • Amazon Business $14.99 3 $44.97
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor (Awards)) • Amazon Business $16.19 2 $32.38
She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland • Amazon Business $12.31 2 $24.62
Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
Rosa Parks: My Story • Amazon Business $7.75 3 $23.25
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters • Amazon Business $7.22 3 $21.66
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World • Amazon Business $9.89 2 $19.78
Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History • Amazon Business $9.66 2 $19.32
Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams • Amazon Business $16.40 1 $16.40
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice • Amazon Business $7.98 2 $15.96
Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Sa, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist • Amazon Business $15.42 1 $15.42
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March • Amazon Business $7.67 2 $15.34
The Feminist Revolution: A Story of the Three Most Inspiring and Empowering Women in American History: Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, and Betty Friedan (Jules Archer History for Young Readers) • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Rights: From the Vote to the Equal Rights Amendment • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Audacity • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Coretta Scott • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Who Is Gloria Steinem? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Rachel Carson? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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