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Mrs. Kraus from Louisville KY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Every Kid Should Have a Book

My students need 32 copies of The House of the Scorpion so that each student will be able to use a copy during our study of the book.

  • $377 goal

This project expired on November 23, 2010.

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My Students

Have you ever found a book that you couldn't put down, but you had to because your teacher didn't have enough copies of the book for everyone? This year, I'm excited because my kids are getting to read a new and exciting book, but I don't have enough copies yet for each student to borrow one.

Although my students come from various backgrounds and home situations, most of my students are considered low income and cannot afford to purchase quality copies of books on their own--books that would challenge not only their reading level but also their thinking.

My students are considered advanced, but several of them do not enjoy reading at this point mainly because they haven't found the right books. They attend a school of 1500; however, our selection of books for class reading is unappetizing for my students' reading appetite. Unfortunately, several of the books we have are either too easy or are so old that they are falling apart. My students like to be challenged (but often don't get the opportunity) and enjoy dealing with contemporary issues. They need to develop perspectives on the issues that The House of the Scorpion deals with such as the value of human life, equality, and human rights. Please help me allow each child to borrow a copy of this amazing book.

My Project

The House of the Scorpion is a highly engaging young adult novel that will not only help my students develop a love for reading but that will also allow me to teach them the skills they need to become skilled readers and critical thinkers in our society. This novel will serve as an entry point to discussions and projects that will force my students to grapple with issues of equality, human rights, and justice. My students will walk away from this novel with an appropriate understanding of these issues and how these issues show themselves in our society and what they as students can do. Furthermore, this novel will allow me to teach them the complex reading and writing skills they need to succeed in high school and college. I want my students to be able to think for themselves and become life long readers and learners. I believe I can do this by putting actual books in their hands.

Putting a book in each child's hand shows them that reading is an important activity that each and every person should practice regularly.

It also shows them that we as teachers believe that their reading skills are important enough to invest in providing every student with a copy of the book. Please help me show my students the importance of reading and critical thinking by helping me purchase 32 copies of The House of the Scorpion.

Mrs. Kraus
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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House of the Scorpion, The • AKJ Books $8.71 32 $278.72

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