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Ms. Wray from Hialeah FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Child Soldier Novel Study

My students need 120 copies of the novel "A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" because they are struggling readers that need contact with high interest, challenging text.

  • $1,143 goal

This project expired on March 4, 2016.

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My Students

My students have big dreams! They all want to "be some one" and they know that education is paramount in that process. They are good kids and will work hard to meet new challenges.

My students are all minority students; mostly Hispanic and African American.

I have one Asian student. They will all tell you if you ask them, that they are going to college or into some type of career, although, honestly the path to get there is not always clear. They really want to learn, however they also get discouraged because education lately has placed so much emphasis on testing and to date, they are failing according to state standards. I would like to make reading fun and engaging for them again. I want them to know important text is not only that found on some assessment.

My Project

My students will read this novel and write all over them. They will highlight words they don't know so that they can look up meaning or use context clues. They will make notes along the margins while they read silently at home and prepare for class discussions and debates by referring back to the notes that they took. Later in life, they will use these very same skills to learn new material presented in books at the university or career level. Thinking while they are reading (metacognition) will become commonplace.

This is the second class novel I am using to teach the class.

The first one, "The Perfect Storm," required students to purchase their own. Many students' parents contacted me to complain that they couldn't afford to by a novel for class. As a result, students who did get the book had to share in class with others and only those can read at home to prepare for the lessons. If everyone had their own book we would be able to progress through the novel more effectively, leaving no one out.

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

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This project will reach 120 students.

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • Amazon Business $7.73 120 $927.60

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