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Mrs. Thomas from Emporia KS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Classic Literature Is Still Important

Help me give my students accessible, exciting, and important classic literature to enlighten their minds!

  • $926 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students represent the broad spectrum of students in our school. They come from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds as well as skill levels. Some students enroll in this rigorous class because their intelligence suits them for it; others enroll because their work ethic is strong and supports their success. Some students come from privileged backgrounds; others are struggling at home to help make ends meet. These are children of immigrants and natives; doctors and factory workers; single parents and extended families; foster homes and multi-generational homes. I have athletes, musicians, singers, actors, leaders, artists, debaters, Scouts, cheerleaders, CNAs, and fast-food employees.

This class is a microcosm not just of our school, but our community and the world as a whole; they have in common a desire to succeed, learn and be better tomorrow than they are today.

They choose to enroll in this class knowing it isn't easy. Students learn Advanced Placement as well as Composition I and II college-level curriculum. The class is fast-paced with a lot of independent learning. Students learn college and career skills like prioritizing, time management, meeting deadlines, staying organized, juggling multiple tasks, and planning both short-term and long-term.

My Project

These abridged classic novels enable my students to be exposed to a wide variety of literature. We are all busy and lack the time to read all we should. Shortened, simplified, but still containing all of the characters, plot elements, and themes of their longer counterparts, these abridged novels are quick and easy to read; most students read the entire novel in 2 hours or less!

By the end of my class, students have read 9 classic novels -- from Frankenstein, Great Expectations, Moby Dick, Black Beauty, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Odyssey, Robinson Crusoe, Oliver Twist, and The Phantom of the Opera.

By reading these books in a shortened format, the students consume a vast quantity of knowledge in a short time, and they love them!

Students often enthusiastically tell each other about the books they're reading, recommend them to each other, and even go on to read the full, unabridged versions of their favorites. These specific books are important to open the door to great literature the students would not otherwise have the time to explore.

Mrs. Thomas
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Phantom of the Opera (Great Illustrated Classics) • Amazon Business $7.95 6 $47.70
Classic Starts( The Red Badge of Courage)[CLASSIC STARTS CLASSIC STARTS][Hardcover] • Amazon Business $16.90 2 $33.80
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (Classics Illustrated) • Amazon Business $10.56 3 $31.68
Classic Starts®: Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 4 $27.80
Classic Starts®: Dracula (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.58 4 $26.32
Classic Starts®: The Three Musketeers (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.26 4 $25.04
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle (2008) Paperback • Amazon Business $7.95 3 $23.85
The Count of Monte Cristo (Great Illustrated Classics) • Amazon Business $7.95 3 $23.85
Frankenstein (Great Illustrated Classics) • Amazon Business $7.95 3 $23.85
The Man in the Iron Mask (Great Illustrated Classics) • Amazon Business $7.95 3 $23.85
Classic Starts®: The Iliad (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 3 $20.85
The Call of the Wild (Classic Starts) • Amazon Business $6.95 3 $20.85
Classic Starts®: Journey to the Center of the Earth (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 3 $20.85
The War of the Worlds (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 3 $20.85
Classic Starts®: Little Women (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.45 3 $19.35
Three Musketeers (Great Illustrated Classics) • Amazon Business $18.90 1 $18.90
Treasure Island (Great Illustrated Classics) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
Great Expectations (Great Illustrated Classics) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
The Wizard of Oz (Great Illustrated Classics) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
The Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty (Great Illustrated Classics) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
The Prince and the Pauper (Great Illustrated Classics) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Great Illustrated Classics) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
The Secret Garden (Great Illustrated Classics) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
Classic Starts®: Little Men (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 2 $13.90
Classic Starts®: The Odyssey (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 2 $13.90
Classic Starts®: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.45 2 $12.90
Classic Starts®: Around the World in 80 Days (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $5.90 2 $11.80
Classic Starts®: Moby-Dick (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $4.94 2 $9.88
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Great Illustrated Classics) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Classic Starts®: Robinson Crusoe (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $3.47 2 $6.94
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Classic Starts) • Amazon Business $3.47 2 $6.94

Materials cost

$604.90

Vendor shipping charges

$100.41

State sales tax

$42.65

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.07

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$787.03

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$138.89

Total project goal

$925.92

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$925.92

9 Donors

-$903.56

Donations toward project cost

-$770.88

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$132.68

match offer

-$19.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$16.15

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$2.85

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$3.36

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$0.00

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