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Ms. Sutherland from Charlotte NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Long Way Gone

My students need 40 copies of the memoir of a child soldier, "A Long Way Gone", for their last unit on stories worth sharing.

  • $524 goal

This project expired on April 30, 2013.

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My Students

'A Long Way Gone' is a gripping story of a child soldier who overcomes the tragedy of war in Sierra Leone. My 10th graders will benefit from this book by learning about different injustices, what one child can do to combat evil, and how to write their own memoirs.

'A Long Way Gone' will be read by my two regular 10th grade English block.

My students are an eclectic group, filled with personalities and opinions. My 10th graders consists of 50% African Americans and 50% Hispanic. A majority of my students are not at grade level in regards to reading and writing, but they're hungry to grow and learn. Everyday, my students struggle with real issues of discrimination, abuse, and poverty. Just recently, I had a student confide to me of abuse at home. It broke my heart and honestly I can understand why they need more than just the expected curriculum to be engaged in reading. My students need material and books that are relevant and meaningful to their everyday lives. They need stories that will inspire and give them courage to pursue their dreams and overcome their battles. A Long Way Gone provides a space for which my students can engage in rigorous text that informs and invests my students on the important issue of injustice and the nature of evil.

My Project

100% of the state test, English II EOC, is reading comprehension. A Long Way Gone is a rigorous and high-interest memoir that my 10th graders will read that will help strengthen their critical thinking skills, vocabulary, comprehension, and deeper understanding of literary elements. Everyday, they will discuss important issues of injustice, evil, human nature, and survival. In addition, they will read supplementary articles and texts that will connect my students to other issues and courses. Students will actively be involved in reading this novel to help them prepare themselves for the English II EOC. But, most importantly, to prepare themselves to articulate and express their own memoirs. As they approach junior and senior year, my students will need to begin thinking about their future careers and college essays. Reading a memoir will help my students create their own story worth sharing.

This is our last unit, 'A Long Way Gone'.

I want my 10th grade students to finish strong and with a bang! Your donations will make a lasting impact on my kid's life. By providing their book materials, my students will be able to read and engage in text that will expose them to a world outside their own and into a story of a child that changed his own world.

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

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • AKJ Books $9.49 40 $379.60

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