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Mr. H. from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Apocalyptic Los Angeles in Octavia Butler's Parable

My students need 35 copies, a class set, of Octavia E. Butler's "Parable of the Sower."

  • $665 goal

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Perhaps no city has inspired such dark apocalyptic visions in literature as Los Angeles, and no writer has captured those visions more vividly than Ocatavia Butler. I would like to integrate her novel "The Parable of the Sower" into a tenth grade unit I teach on utopia/dystopia.

My classes are comprised of mostly African-American and Latino students, and I feel the need to augment the curriculm with multicultural works that engage my students.

Butler's "Parable of the Sower" would bring a unique voice and perspective to our study of utopia/dystopia; she is one of the few African-American women who wrote in the field of science fiction. That is why I am requesting a class set of the novel. My students would find her tale of a cityscape in ruins intriguing and would identify with the teenage protagonist's struggle to survive in the not-too-distant future.

You will make it possible for my students to read and discuss a book that addresses universal issues of race, gender, and politics and will awaken their imagination and enlarge their humanity. We are deeply grateful for your support.

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

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Parable of the Sower Octavia E. Butler • Barnes and Noble $12.59 35 $440.65

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