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Ms. Roidt-Jernberg from New Orleans LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

An Optometrist's View of History: Slaughterhouse-Five

My students need 32 copies of Slaughterhouse-Five to inspire creative writing and thinking and understand different perspectives of history.

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My Students

Creativity and interdisciplinary learning are the focuses of my classroom. Tying history, art, music and most importantly ourselves to literature is the key to improving the quality of any life!

Edna Karr High School is a new charter school under Inspire Nola Schools with open enrollment and approximately 83% are free or reduced-price lunch.

My students are dying to be creative! They want challenges and are intrigued by the mysteries revealed through poetry. My students have submitted many poems about The Odyssey to and written business letters to Amnesty International about current events, but it's time they sit and read a great novel that embodies the horror of war and the beauty of being unique.

My Project

My students will read the novel Slaughterhouse-Five in class and discuss the history of WWII and more specifically the Dresden bombings. In March, the National WWII Museum will host an essay contest which the students will submit their own essay, focusing on the horror of war and the need for peace. The students will also work on creative writing by using Vonnegut's unique plot structure to create their own stories on, where they can be published. Our discussions will include book banning and their own definition of art.

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five is honored as one of the greatest war novels, simply because it strays away from the topic of war as much as possible.

This is how I would like my students to approach war, to see it as a horror to avoid. I also want my students to see the endless possibilities for creativity and unique plot structures so they can too share their stories, many of which are just as haunting as Vonnegut's.

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Ms. Roidt-Jernberg
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Slaughterhouse Five • AKJ Books $5.83 32 $186.56
Slaughterhouse Five - Teaching Unit (Enhanced eBook) • AKJ Books $34.99 1 $34.99
Slaughterhouse-Five - Mythological/Archetypal Approach eLesson (eBook) • AKJ Books $5.99 1 $5.99
Slaughterhouse-Five - New Historicism Approach eLesson (eBook) • AKJ Books $5.99 1 $5.99

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