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Mrs. Sobieski from Oconto WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Finding Common Ground Novel Study

My students need 30 copies of the novel Dear Martin by Nic Stone.

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This project expired on November 1, 2018.

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My Students

The students of my school are a community of learners who need to be engaged by texts that help them navigate their world and provide opportunities for discussion that is relevant to their lives. Although it is an understandable fact that not all of my students are avid readers, actually, I would say that most of them aren't, I have found that the right book can hook any kid on reading. While my students often have free choice in their reading, it is also important to give them the shared experience of a classroom novel study, which I have found builds community and helps students connect with each other in various ways.

Living in a rural, farming community, my students need exposure to diverse literature that opens their world, which is why I am submitting this project; the best way to broaden worlds is to open a book.

My Project

One of the units of study in my 9th grade English textbook is titled "Finding Common Ground". This unit asks students to think critically about relationships between people and the relationship between the individual and society, including the forces, attitudes, and circumstances that pull people together and push them apart. At the end of the unit, and in addition to the short fiction and non-fiction texts students read from the textbook, students also read the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, during which they engage in difficult, but important discussions and writing about race, culture, prejudice, and the loss of innocence.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone is a contemporary novel that will help students place these conversations and conduct their thinking in the context of today and will help them broaden their understanding of the unit's themes, and hopefully of society.

It is important that students have the opportunity to read contemporary literature in conjunction with classic literature to help students create deeper meaning while expounding upon universal and timeless themes.

During this unit, students will also use the texts and additional research to write an argumentative essay to address one more more of the unit's essential questions: 1) Do you think individuals can live together as “one human race”? 2) What is the individual's role or responsibility in creating a just, equitable society?

Mrs. Sobieski
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.59 30 $377.70

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