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Mr. Westrup from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Examining Adolescent Alienation: The Catcher in the Rye

My students need 35 copies of "The Catcher in the Rye" to read during their Honors English Class.

  • $268 goal

This project expired on November 28, 2013.

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My Students

Were you ever bored by the books you read in school? Did you ever feel like they were too easy for your age level? Our Honors English class needs challenging books to study. Help us provide a rigorous reading opportunity by donating towards a class set of "The Catcher in the Rye".

We are a charter school located in California.

Our class of 8th graders is primarily Hispanic, and many of them have not had much exposure to the English language outside of visual entertainment. Many of them do not have models of sustained academic success in their families. The majority do not have the reading skills appropriate for their grade. They have the same typical desires as most young adolescents, but they often do not have high career expectations for themselves. Our school was built to support and prepare these students for a college education.

My Project

My students need 35 copies of "The Catcher in the Rye" to read. The 8th grade class that will use these books is an Honors class. Since this book is at a high reading level, it will challenge these students' reading skills. The students will be able to examine themes of adolescent alienation and anxiety. They will be able to draw connections to these themes and their own backgrounds. They will also be able to examine their culture to see if the themes and experiences illustrated in the book are still present and applicable. Their analysis and critical thinking will be demonstrated in persuasive essays and presentation projects.

Our school does not have a large budget to provide new books for the students each year.

These Honors students have a limited library of class texts to choose from, and they do not have many opportunities to read higher-level texts. Your donation will help them study a challenging book that will help give them context and insight for their own lives.

Mr. Westrup
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Catcher in the Rye • AKJ Books $5.10 35 $178.50

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