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Mrs. Pauloski from Houston TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Cannot Live by Novels Alone!

My students need excellent nonfiction texts - not watered down, sterile series targeted for younger readers, but the nonfiction equivalent of the meaty, challenging novels they are reading. They deserve award-winning, modern, relevant literary nonfiction.

  • $990 goal

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My Students

We have an amazingly diverse cohort of students, many of whom came from our elementary program. We are a small middle school program designed for public school children who wish to continue with the "constructivist" (discovery/inquiry) learning that is the hallmark of our school. Many qualify for free- and reduced-lunch.

Our students and their families are committed to academic success and work incredibly hard to attain it.

In my 25 years in education, I have never worked with children so willing to try new and difficult things. Our growth on our state test last year (in both reading and writing) garnered notice from the school district. We are just getting started!

My Project

I have been bulking up our classroom fiction library based on my students' recommendations and my own finds. I need your help, however, with our nonfiction selections.

The nonfiction library I inherited is not aligned with my students' reading levels and interests (being mostly high interest - low challenge series aimed at a younger audience).

We have relied on online articles to develop our skills in reading nonfiction, but the children deserve to have great nonfiction in their hands!

The 50 memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, and essays I've chosen for this project (classics and modern titles) reflect the beautiful diversity of my students and provide models of excellent nonfiction writing that will help them in high school, college, and career. (I've selected the paperback edition where it was available to stretch your dollars further!)

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Scope® Text Set - 1 Book / 10 / 6–8 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $2.95 45 $132.75
Living Our Religions: Hindu and Muslim South Asian-American Women Narrate Their Experiences • Amazon Business $29.50 1 $29.50
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History • Amazon Business $25.72 1 $25.72
The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation • Amazon Business $22.21 1 $22.21
Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon (Random House Large Print) • Amazon Business $21.16 1 $21.16
A Forgotten Sisterhood: Pioneering Black Women Educators and Activists in the Jim Crow South • Amazon Business $20.00 1 $20.00
Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream • Amazon Business $18.96 1 $18.96
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II • Amazon Business $18.10 1 $18.10
The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together • Amazon Business $17.87 1 $17.87
The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran • Amazon Business $17.18 1 $17.18
Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency • Amazon Business $17.15 1 $17.15
Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Educated: A Memoir (Random House Large Print) • Amazon Business $16.80 1 $16.80
The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis • Amazon Business $16.62 1 $16.62
Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of a Young Black Girl in the Rural South • Amazon Business $16.02 1 $16.02
Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert • Amazon Business $15.82 1 $15.82
Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit • Amazon Business $15.65 1 $15.65
The Coalwood Way (The Coalwood Series #2) • Amazon Business $15.59 1 $15.59
Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D. • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
At Gettysburg and Elsewhere (Expanded, Annotated): The Civil War Memoir of John Gibbon • Amazon Business $14.75 1 $14.75
Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose • Amazon Business $14.72 1 $14.72
An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice • Amazon Business $14.71 1 $14.71
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela • Amazon Business $12.42 1 $12.42
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race • Amazon Business $12.22 1 $12.22
Notes of a Native Son • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
The Johnstown Flood • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Up from Slavery: An Autobiography (Penguin Classics) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Sitting Bull: The Life and Times of an American Patriot • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
The Wright Brothers • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission • Amazon Business $9.92 1 $9.92
The Glass Castle: A Memoir • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided (Updated With New Material) • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
The Return of George Washington: Uniting the States, 1783-1789 • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
Jim Thorpe, Original All-American • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
1776 • Amazon Business $8.27 1 $8.27
Infidel • Amazon Business $7.84 1 $7.84
To Be Young, Gifted and Black (Signet Classics) • Amazon Business $7.16 1 $7.16
Lucky Man: A Memoir • Amazon Business $6.51 1 $6.51
Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University • Amazon Business $6.35 1 $6.35
My Beloved World • Amazon Business $5.83 1 $5.83
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend • Amazon Business $5.75 1 $5.75
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream • Amazon Business $5.28 1 $5.28
The Distance Between Us: A Memoir • Amazon Business $4.84 1 $4.84
The Souls of Black Folk (Dover Thrift Editions) • Amazon Business $3.36 1 $3.36

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