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

Vocabulary and Prior Knowledge is linked to Comprehension

The cost of the dictionaries, thesauruses, and encyclopedia is [price], including shipping and [fulfillment].

  • $1,508 goal

This project expired on November 23, 2005.

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I am both a Reading and English teacher at Harlan Community Academy High School. 75% of the students are from low income homes. Currently my classroom is in need of classroom sets of dictionaries, thesauruses and one encyclopedia set. These resources will be used to expand their vocabularies, which in turn will directly improve their overall comprehension and word knowledge. Research shows the more vast a student's vocabulary the better the comprehension level of the student will be. The encyclopedia sets will be used to further the students inquiry. Our classroom does not have computers and many of my students do not have computers at home. So, the classroom set of encyclopedias will serve as a tool for students to further their inquiry skills. Which, is also connected to improving comprehension because prior knowledge of a topic increases ones comprehension of the text. Our students have very limited experiences, so often when they read texts their comprehension is decreased because of their limited prior knowledge. I thank you for considering funding my proposal. These resources will be used to improve the comprehension of Harlan's students.

Mrs. C.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ENCYCLOPEDIA O/THEME ACTIV • Nasco $23.44 30 $703.20
ROGET'S II: THE NEW THESAURUS OFFICE EDITION(PAPERBACK) -- Roget's II The New Thesaurus Paperback, Third Office Edition • Quill Corporation $6.29 30 $188.70
WEBSTERS II PAPERBACK DICTIONARY -- Webster's II New Riverside Dictionary; Office Edition • Quill Corporation $6.29 30 $188.70

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