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Mr. Shepherd from Sun Valley CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Glass Castle for a Fragile World

My students need the book The Glass Castle that will change their lives. I plan to use many stimulating projects that connect directly with the book. The capstone will utilize writing and speaking/presenting skills.

  • $585 goal

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My Students

My school is a military institute. We are all about helping 570 young men and women in grades 6-12 become the best human beings they can be. Our students are prepared for college, leaders with a moral compass, good citizens and physically fit.

We serve a very needy population with 91% Free and Reduced Lunch, 20% English learners, 20% Special Education- which is three or more times the number of typical charter schools.

10% of our students are homeless, and/or foster youth. BUT we get 100% to graduate! It takes some five years, but they all graduate, despite the fact most who come into our HS come with significant credit deficiencies, having failed multiple classes previously and 100% get accepted to four year colleges and universities; they don’t all choose to go directly to a 4-year college, but they at least know they have that option. We partner with a local college to offer community college classes on campus so kids can get a head start on college.

My Project

My students are low performing students who need literature that they can connect with like their lives depend on it!

That is why I would love to study The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.

A memoir of a disturbing and amazing childhood. The critics have described the narrative as- "tragic and comic at the same time" and, "Each memory is more incredible than the last." It is a perfect book for my reluctant readers.

My plan is to use the strategies used in a notation method called "Notice and Note" to pull out theme and character details. We have struggled in our school to find ways to get students to actively cite text in a way that promotes a critical argument. The story is rich with strong literary themes and social issues that the class can really get their teeth into. I think that this text will be a launching point for a great year.

Mr. Shepherd
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Glass Castle: A Memoir • AKJ Education $12.41 34 $421.94

Materials cost

$421.94

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$38.61

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.33

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$496.88

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$87.68

Total project goal

$584.56

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$584.56

4 Donors

-$572.65

Donations toward project cost

-$490.50

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$82.15

match offer

-$7.50

Match offer toward project cost

-$6.38

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$1.12

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

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$0.00

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