Feed Students' Hunger for Literature with The Hunger Games
My students need 80 copies of Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games"along with 5 copies of "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay" to fuel their passion for good literature!
This project expired on July 8, 2011.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
"Be courageous!" My students remind themselves of this each day. Our units have encouraged and challenged this mantra, from early American witch trials to studying the KKK to the Holocaust. My students need a powerful end to our incredible 8th grade year- The Hunger Games is the perfect finale!
My students are predominantly African American, living in Baltimore City.
I have a particularly strong relationship with these incredible 8th graders because I have had the privilege of teaching them for the past 2 and a half years. Our school is somewhat unique. It is a 6th through 12th school, in which teacher teams loop with their students throughout middle school. Because of our time together, our students have seen significant growth in reading levels and in critical thinking and processing skills. They love a challenge and most have become avid readers. While their progress is extraordinary, most still struggle with family, neighborhood, and financial conflicts. We hope to instill in them that they are in control of their futures and that education is the key to their success.
If you have read Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games," then you know how captivating a read it truly is. It focuses on strength of character amidst the enormous governmental and societal constraints. It has had strong success with students and it is bound to be successful with my students. Our entire school year has had this focus: Be courageous! A strong community begins with YOU! We have learned of heroes and revolutionaries (both actual and literary) that had the courage to speak up and act for what is right. We have read "The Witch of Blackbird Pond," "Witness," Holocaust nonfiction texts, and Holocaust fiction (in literature circles). For the end of our school year, "The Hunger Games" will further our theme while giving a more futuristic perspective. The protagonist, Katniss, will serve as a role model to students because she is realistic and conflicted, yet incredibly strong. This novel will also excite my readers to continue reading the rest of the trilogy through the summer.
With your help, my students will broaden their literary prowess by diving into science fiction through a common lens of our year's theme of having courage in ourselves to make a difference.
Your generosity will provide an incredible end to a powerful year, giving my 8th graders a strong boost before heading to high school!
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