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Mr. C. from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Supplies Needed, Part 1

The cost of 20 copies of Oedipus, 20 copies of Fast Food Nation, 20 copies of House on Mango Street, and 20 copies of A Lesson Before Dying is $1355, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $1,380 goal

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I'm a teacher of students with special needs on the South Side of Chicago at a school that has had a troubled history of being severely under-funded. Many of these students have never left their community and even more of them have never engaged in project-based learning. I am requesting books that will help students get excited about learning because they allow students to explore in detail everyday issues that have relevance to their lives and then do something in the community that relates to what they learned in class. The books challenge students to move beyond the everyday and to look carefully at the world in which they live and then do something about the problems they perceive. We will do a unit on the environment and nutrition, using "Fastfood Nation" as our primary text. We will take students into the community where they can learn how to take action to solve the lunchroom nutrition problem and the obesity problem among their peers. Students will do this by educating their peers on the problems associated with poor nutrition and starting a campaign to get healthier food served in schools. In addition, later in the year we hope to explore issues of diversity in society by reading "A Lesson Before Dying" and "A House on Mango Street." Our class will use these texts as a launching point for discussion about racism and diversity and we will initiate a diversity awareness project at our school as well as develop a project to help bridge the cultural gap between different student populations. Our school is made up of 50 percent Latino students and 50 percent African American students and this text will allow our class to have a discussion about race, diveristy and community. Finally, we will do a unit on the theater, reading "Oedipus" and attending an actor's workshop and a play at Shakespeare Chicago theater company. Make a difference in the lives of these students by supporting our school programs. Donate today! Thank you for your time and your generosity!

Mr. C.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Eric Schlosser • Barnes and Noble $20.00 20 $400.00
Lesson before Dying Ernest J. Gaines • Barnes and Noble $11.65 20 $233.00
House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros • Barnes and Noble $9.85 20 $197.00
Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra Sophocles, Edith Hall (Editor), H. D. Kitto (Editor), H. D. Kitto (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 20 $143.00
Lesson before Dying (Sparknotes) SparkNotes Editors, Ernest J. Gaines • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Oedipus Plays: Antigone, Oedipus Rex, and Oedipus at Colonus (SparkNotes) SparkNotes Editors, Sophocles • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
The House on Mango Street (SparkNotes) SparkNotes Editors, SparkNotes Staff, Justin Kestler (Editor), Ben Florman (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45

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