Festival of Words: Inspiring Children of Poverty (1)
My students need 30 copies of "A Nation's Hope" to read so that they can attend the "Festival of Words" at the University of Delaware.
This project expired on March 10, 2012.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
How inspiring and awesome would it be to read a novel, then be able to have a discussion about the book with the author?
My students are from a poor rural part of our state.
Our school is 72% low income. Because of this, these students rarely have an opportunity to travel more than 10 miles from their home. The opportunity to actually meet an author and complete a cultural read would give them a sense of academic pride and excitement. Traveling to and being on a university campus would give our students a “vision” that they are unable to create from our impoverished community.
The students will be able read A Nation's Hope; the Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis and have a class discussion about the book. Once they have read the book, they will be able to write questions to the author about what lead him to write this novel and about the characters and other points about the book. The students will then have the chance to meet the author in person and ask any questions that they may have. What better way to learn what was going on in an author's mind when he was writing a novel? This authentic experience enables students to apply their learning and thinking outside of the classroom, which is the ultimate goal of education, but rarely feasible for students.
Our school and our students have been hit hard by the downturn in the economy.
There hasn't been any money available for the students to partake in any type of special project. Affording them the opportunity to converse with an award winning novelist is something that they will always remember.
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