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Mrs. Nester from Dry Fork VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Poetry for All: A Collection for This Generation

My students need a collection of poetry written by a living writer who models a strong voice on contemporary issues.

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My Students

My students are of mixed ability levels in a rural school setting. Our school literally looks out over a cow pasture. Literature is a way to have these students see beyond what is in our immediate surroundings. I want them all to see the importance of being an effective communicator through reading, writing, and speaking no matter where their paths lead them following high school.

My students are both high-achievers and struggling readers.

They all deserve my best, every single day.

My Project

The classroom set of Clint Smith's Counting Descent will be used by both Advanced Placement Literature students and students in a below grade-level 11th grade class. Instead of studying only the same dead white guys, students will be exposed to poetry written by a living writer of color about contemporary issues. Also, by reading an entire collection of poetry, students will see the genre in a new light.

Poetry can be the great equalizer.

Students will study the poems in various ways (small groups, independent exploration, large group discussion) and will use the work as a mentor text to write their own poetry. This poetry will be shared and celebrated among all of the classes.

Clint Smith is also active on Twitter and students will be encouraged to interact with a poet who has a voice for their generation.

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

This project will reach 70 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Counting Descent • Amazon Business $12.75 30 $382.50

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