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Ms. Belden from Alameda CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

World War II Historical Fiction: What Truth does Literature Offer?

Help me give my students World War II historical fiction novels for an upcoming project.

  • $552 goal

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My Students

What if all students were "Honors Students"? I think they can be. This year, my school site enrolled its entire sophomore class - approximately 280 students - in English 2 Honors.

We want students to peak behind the curtain and understand what it means to take an "Honors" class - and hopefully see that it's not too scary!

Why? While we have an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population, our honors and AP courses do not reflect it. We're trying to change that.

My Project

At the sophomore grade level, students learn about World War II in their history classes. I want to test that knowledge by having them read and assess historical fiction. They'll then have to write an essay - and then present to the class - on whether the fictional novel promotes or distorts "the truth" of the war. It's an open-ended prompt; after all, what's more ambiguous than the concept of truth?

This is all about giving students choice!

I've chosen sci-fi (Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle"), young-adult literature (Markus Zusak's "The Book Thief"), and recent bestsellers (Kristin Hannah's "The Nightingale"). Students will choose a book which sounds interesting to them and read in "book clubs."

Thank you for even the smallest donation. I believe in the books I've chosen and hope to ensnare some avid readers with this project.

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Ms. Belden
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Man in the High Castle • Amazon Business $14.00 8 $112.00
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.05 8 $80.40
The Nightingale: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.29 8 $66.32
The Book Thief (Anniversary Edition) • Amazon Business $15.22 4 $60.88
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • Amazon Business $6.39 8 $51.12
The Book Thief • Amazon Business $6.50 4 $26.00

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