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Mrs. Bettendorf from La Palma CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mishima's Little Sailors

My 30 students need a class set of "The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea" by Yukio Mishima to study as part of their International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

  • $463 goal

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My Students

You remember the classics - "The Scarlet Letter", "Huck Finn", and "The Great Gatsby". Did you get the opportunity to read classics from countries other than the U.S. and Britain? At our school, the International Baccalaureate Program gives students the opportunity to study an international curriculum.

My students have chosen to take the most rigorous program at our school - the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program - and need your help with providing them the materials they need to learn a global curriculum.

As a large public school in California, the funds for materials are nonexistent, but our students need to be competitive on a global level, which includes learning about foreign cultures and what those cultures value.

My Project

As part of the International Baccalaureate curriculum, my students must read multiple pieces of literature that are translated from languages other than English. This gives them the opportunity to read and learn about unfamiliar cultures and understand how basic human experiences transcend language and geography through the literature of other countries. My students need a class set of "The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea" by Yukio Mishima.

My students are learning to become world leaders through this international curriculum.

Learning about the Japanese culture and reading one of the country's most revered authors will give them an opportunity to understand that despite cultural and geographical differences, we are still a human race struggling to survive and evolve.

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

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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea • AKJ Books $10.95 30 $328.50

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