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Mr. Crouthamel from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Mr C Prevent Another Tragedy: Romeo and Juliet Style!

My students need 20 copies of the No Fear Shakespeare version of Romeo and Juliet and 5 copies of the graphic novel (for struggling readers) for our next unit!

  • $220 goal

This project expired on April 16, 2011.

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My Students

With themes such as the existence of love, loyalty, and revenge, Romeo and Juliet opens the door for powerful, relevant dialogue and engaged learning in the high school English I classroom. Whether its the epic love story or the sword fighting students get lost in the excitement of this drama!

My school is located in Southeast Washington, DC.

We have seen consistent growth in reading comprehension over the past few years. and as a first year teacher, I'm trying to continue that trend! It is my goal to take the small baby steps we have been experiencing in test scores, and turn them into leaps and bounds. Students in my classes often come from single parent, low income households. We also have a high population of students with special needs. These students deserve the same chance as their more affluent peers to see the world through the lens of great literature. It is my goal, and the goal of my peers, to prepare our kids to be nationally competitive students who succeed after graduating from high school!

My Project

These copies of Romeo and Juliet will provide a tool for students to gain reading comprehension skills without becoming overwhelmed with the language of Shakespeare. The No Fear versions have modern English on one side and the original text on the other. I will use both to engage student discussion and to challenge students to go the extra mile! The graphic novels will assist my lower reading level students, allowing them to see a visual representation of what is happening in the story, while reading it at the same time. This will prevent frustration and build stamina for these students. The pride of understanding such a famous yet difficult text is such a joy to see on the students' faces as they progress through this beautiful tragedy.

It is important for ALL students to be able to experience the universal themes of Shakespeare and to have the experience of reading a famous tragedy such as this.

The conversation that this drama opens up is invaluable for students as they become wrapped up in the story and find themselves learning without even knowing it!

Mr. Crouthamel
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare) William Shakespeare, Sparknotes Editors, John Crowther (Editor) • AKJ BOOKS $5.36 20 $107.20
Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels) SparkNotes Editors, William Shakespeare, Matt Wiegle (Illustrator), Adapted by Matt Wiegle • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 5 $42.50

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