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Ms. Lierley from New Orleans LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Need The Great Gatsby For A Great Classroom Library

My students need 33 copies of of "The Great Gatsby" because the focal point of American Literature is the concept of the American dream, which this novel exemplifies.

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My Students

Teaching symbolism is one of the most challenging feats I have encountered in a high school classroom. This novel is widely regarded as one of the best novels with which to teach the concept of symbolism. In addition, the American dream (a focal point of our course) is present throughout the novel.

I teach in a low-income high school in Louisiana.

Every student at my school receives free lunch, and the majority come from low-income households. Resources are scarce, but our librarian works extremely hard to make sure that students have class sets of books in addition to books to read for pleasure. One book that my colleagues and I noticed was missing from our ever-growing library was The Great Gatsby. In an English department meeting we unanimously agreed that this would be an incredible asset to our school. This novel is of the utmost importance to American literature, and F. Scott Fitzgerald's use of symbolism throughout the book will be instrumental in teaching students this critical English skill.

My Project

Providing my students with a classroom set of The Great Gatsby will enable me to simultaneously teach my students literary devices while sharing with them an important aspect of American history. The characters' backgrounds in the novel are extremely different from where my students are coming from, and they have previously expressed to me that they are frustrated with constantly reading novels and short stories based on "relatable characters." The Great Gatsby poignantly expresses both the triumphs and sorrows of the American dream, a concept that, while it's objectives may have changed, still holds truth for many Americans today. The characters and setting will challenge them, but students can easily relate to the concept of attaining goals and dreams that may seem unattainable. This story will inspire my students, teach them important concepts, strengthen their grasp on American history and literature.

This project is not only important to my students, but for students for many years to come.

The reasons why this is such an important novel speak for themselves when I say that the English department, consisting of teachers from all different backgrounds, unanimously agreed on its importance in the curriculum. Please help so that my students can experience the importance of this novel and see why it is such an important part of American literature.

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Ms. Lierley
Grades 9-12
  • Sarah T Reed High School
  • New Orleans, LA

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Great Gatsby • AKJ Books $11.70 33 $386.10

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