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Mrs. J. from Walsenburg CO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Characters with Character

My students need 15 copies of The Midwife's Apprentice, 15 copies of A Single Shard, 15 copies of a Castle Diary, and 15 copies of Cathedral the Story of Its Construction.

  • $522 goal

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My Students

Our school has been struggling to keep teachers. Changing to new standards and economic pressures have had an impact on this community, and, by extension, on my students. My students are curious, rambunctious, and earnest.

They are mostly low income students in a predominately rural Hispanic community.

All students receive free lunches at our school. Many student have family members who used to be incarcerated at the now closed private prison. We have many at-risk students, and many students' reading level is well below 7th grade level. Some are as far as five grade levels behind.

My Project

Students will read Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction by David Macaulay, outline the major steps in constructing it, and make a list of words for word study. They will read The Midwife's Apprentice, focusing on the character development in the story. They will read a Single Shard to examine how Tree-ear gets courage for his dangerous mission.

We will have a Socratic Seminar to compare and contrast characters and plots from the various novels read and discuss how authors accurately portray history.

Then students will write their own well-developed character story set during the Middle Ages. This will give them an opportunity to use their imaginations to construct a story and to read, critique, and edit each other's papers.

Mrs. J.
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Cathedral The Story of Its Construction • AKJ Education $8.75 15 $131.25
The Midwife's Apprentice • AKJ Education $5.83 15 $87.45
A Single Shard • AKJ Education $5.83 15 $87.45
Castle Diary The Journal of Tobias Burgess • AKJ Education $5.10 15 $76.50

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