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Ms. Paris from Phoenix AZ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Engaging Teenage Readers With a Classic Coming of Age Tale

Help me give my students a class set of the book, "Catcher in the Rye," so they can learn about unconventional heroes and relate to the universal struggles inherent in growing up.

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My Students

I teach a diverse student population from an urban area in Phoenix, Arizona. The majority of my students come from humble, hardworking families who often struggle to put food on the table. In fact, many of my students are responsible for contributing to basic household expenses such as electricity and water. Notwithstanding these challenges, I never cease to be amazed at the gratitude and energy with which these students attack their studies.

Many students aim to be the first in their family to graduate from high school or college.

They are ambitious and motivated to make the most of their public education. I'm also impressed by their creativity and desire to improve the community around them.

I could not ask for a better group of students to teach!

My Project

My Freshmen English classes will be studying "the Hero's Journey." In focusing on this theme, I would like to use a classic coming of age story to which my students can relate and which will engage their personal interests.

Specifically, I would like my students to study the classic, "Catcher in the Rye," so they can learn from the universal struggles inherent in growing up and decide whether the protagonist can be considered a hero to teenagers everywhere.

Unfortunately, neither my school district nor my high school have sufficient copies for my students.

Please help supply my students with a class set of "Catcher in the Rye." By helping, you will help my students relate to literature and better engage with their studies.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 160 students.

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The Catcher in the Rye • Amazon Business $5.99 40 $239.60

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