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Mrs. Johnson from Wichita KS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Horror: A History

Help me give my students the finale to the best-selling series that mystified our minds, stimulated our senses, and threw us back into some of the most horrific times in history!

  • $496 goal

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My Students

The students I serve come from various walks of life: some are from broken homes; several are from blended families; some are happy to be there; others see school as the double-edged sword escape route; several are wards of the state, and several are students who require special services (Individualized Education Plans, Behaviour Plans, and/or, Free/Reduced Lunches). They bring these backgrounds into their classrooms, and sometimes their home-environment habits will leech into the classroom environment habits. They can't help it, and we do our best to remind them that they are safe in our classrooms; cared for by their friends and the staff, and that we want to see them succeed.

My students do not trust easily, but when they do trust you, they do it with a ferocity that is both admirable and formidable.

When they trust me as their teacher, we become just like a family. Our school-family is crazy and unique. Sometimes we are a tad dysfunctional, and often times we are exceeding nerdy. We teach one another, and we learn from one another. They are my kids, and I'm their school-mom, and I wouldn't change that for the world!

My Project

Our district has decided to go remote (at least for the first nine weeks), so getting students novels that will stimulate them rather than put them to sleep is of vital importance right now! I will be teaching Sophomore and Junior English courses, and one of the common units between the two is the Horror Unit. My department has already requested and purchased 3-4 class sets of the first novel in Kerri Maniscalco's best-selling series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, to be used with our Sophomore's Fear or Blindness Units.

Our Juniors, however, will be struggling through Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, unless we can give them this scintillating modern alternative.

I would love to give our Juniors a taste of the historical-fiction genre, and doing a comparison with excerpts of Larson's classic. Truly, I would love to get classroom sets of the entire series, but (breathes deeply) one prioritized project at a time, right?

Mrs. Johnson
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 130 students.

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Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper (4)) • Amazon Business $10.29 35 $360.15

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