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Ms. de la Garza
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

Dictionaries for College-bound Students

My students need dictionaries and thesauri! The paperbacks that I inherited with my classroom have seen better days and are falling apart with each use.

My Students

I teach composition classes at a school primarily serving students who speak English as a second language. My students constantly reach for dictionaries and thesauri during in-class reading and writing assignments. The current set in my classroom is well-used, but is not in acceptable condition.

Most of my students come from families where neither parent graduated from high school.

My students are determined to be the first in their family to attend college. Our school is a well-respected college preparatory charter school serving students from primarily Latino, low-income households.

My Project

My students are struggling to build an academic vocabulary and to develop a varied writing style. Dictionaries and thesauri are in constant demand in my classroom, but the resources that I have are simply not serving the needs of my students. Also, many of my students' parents attend ESL classes in my room at night and these resources will be used in the night classes as well.

It is my sincere hope that students will build their vocabulary, become better readers and writers, and earn scores on college-prep tests that match their potential.

In order to reach these goals, they will need the appropriate resources.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (Laminated Cover) • Amazon $15.46 17 $262.82
Webster's School Thesaurus • Amazon $11.56 3 $34.68

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This project will reach 190 students.

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