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Mrs. Hutsell from Palm Coast FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help us Broaden our Horizons!

My students need a class set of To Kill a Mockingbird, and many different texts (fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels) from which to choose independent reading.

  • $1,662 goal

This project expired on October 25, 2013.

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My Students

The IB program creates internationally conscious students. The AP program helps to create critical readers and thinkers. How do you prepare for both in 9th grade? Well, first you have students read To Kill A Mockingbird, in all of its glory. And then you give them PERSONAL CHOICE in their readings!

My students are from diverse backgrounds.

Many learned English as a second language, and many have parents that do not speak the language at all. I have students in families all over the class spectrum, from the very wealthy to those who struggle keeping a roof over their heads. My school is also moderately diverse in its racial demographics. The school has over 2000 students, and I teach about 150 a year. One thing they have in common? A strong desire to learn. Each student chooses to be in the Pre IB program, or the Honors/Pre AP program. They have a drive to be better readers, thinkers, and citizens. I am hoping these novels will allow my students to reach more of their learning goals!

My Project

To Kill A Mockingbird is the first book I read in high school. It was the first book to introduce me to true analysis of a text, and the first to allow me to enjoy the craft of the writer. My students do not have access to the book. All of the copies walked off campus years ago. They deserve to read this classic story (and then analyze it)! Also, as my students enter IB and AP programs, they must have a good survey of literature. I hope to expose them to world literature, non fiction, (and maybe a graphic novel) and poetry before they enter their 10th grade English classroom. The books I have selected span many genres, time periods, and locations. I want to use these to inspire my students to find their own path through literature, and also to help them become active participants in their own learning and reading.

My goal as a teacher is to foster creative and critical thinkers who are internationally minded and are driven to become lifelong learners.

This donation will teach future generations about innocence and justice through To Kill A Mockingbird and it will also expose years of freshmen classes to different types of literature. I hope you feel these goals are as important as I think they are!

Mrs. Hutsell
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
To Kill a Mockingbird (Mass) • AKJ Books $5.83 120 $699.60
Collected Poems • AKJ Books $29.20 1 $29.20
The Story of Art • AKJ Books $29.16 1 $29.16
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks • AKJ Books $18.98 1 $18.98
The Complete Persepolis: Now a Major Motion Picture • AKJ Books $18.21 1 $18.21
The Great Communicator • AKJ Books $16.99 1 $16.99
The Greatest Speeches of World War II • AKJ Books $16.19 1 $16.19
Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson • AKJ Books $16.05 1 $16.05
Odyssey • AKJ Books $13.14 1 $13.14
Son of the Morning Star • AKJ Books $13.14 1 $13.14
Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems • AKJ Books $12.95 1 $12.95
In The Time Of The Butterflies • AKJ Books $12.56 1 $12.56
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee • AKJ Books $12.41 1 $12.41
Metamorphoses: A Play • AKJ Books $12.41 1 $12.41
Outliers • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Freakonomics • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
1491 • AKJ Books $12.37 1 $12.37
The Devil in the White City • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
The Grapes of Wrath • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
The Joy Luck Club • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
Near Death in the Desert: True Stories of Disaster and Survival • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
Catch Me If You Can • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
How to Read Literature Like a Professor • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Half the Sky • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
A Choice of Shakespeare''s Verse • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian He • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
The Other Wes Moore • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
In Cold Blood • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
Nickel and Dimed • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
Cod • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
No Disrespect • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
Rhinoceros, and Other Plays • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
Into the Wild • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Fast Food Nation • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
The Glass Menagerie • AKJ Books $10.76 1 $10.76
Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Complete Texts of Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonnus, Antigone • AKJ Books $10.22 1 $10.22
Tuesdays with Morrie • AKJ Books $10.21 1 $10.21
Devil''s Highway: A True Story • AKJ Books $10.21 1 $10.21
I Am an Emotional Creature • AKJ Books $9.49 1 $9.49
Lift Every Voice and Sing: Selected Poems James Weldon Johns • AKJ Books $9.49 1 $9.49
Book Thief - pb • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Words of Peace • AKJ Books $9.45 1 $9.45
Master Harold and the Boys • AKJ Books $9.45 1 $9.45
Death and the Maiden • AKJ Books $8.76 1 $8.76
Things Fall Apart • AKJ Books $8.72 1 $8.72
Candide: Optimism • AKJ Books $8.03 1 $8.03
The Nose • AKJ Books $7.95 1 $7.95
The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Killer Angels (Pbk) • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Fathers And Sons • AKJ Books $5.80 1 $5.80
Four Great Tragedies • AKJ Books $5.80 1 $5.80
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
I Am The Darker Brother • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Gift of the Magi (Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger) Lisbeth Zw • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
The Metamorphosis • AKJ Books $4.34 1 $4.34
Great Speeches of the Twentieth Century • AKJ Books $2.56 1 $2.56
English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology • AKJ Books $2.56 1 $2.56
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl • AKJ Books $2.56 1 $2.56
A Shropshire Lad • AKJ Books $1.83 1 $1.83
Selected Poems • AKJ Books $1.83 1 $1.83
The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History, 1775-1864 • AKJ Books $1.46 1 $1.46
A Doll''s House • AKJ Books $1.10 1 $1.10

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