My students need 25 copies of "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" by Oliver Sacks.
My classroom is a place for students to explore society. I teach a variety of social studies subjects, including many electives. One of them is psychology. Currently I have two psychology classes with a total of 55 students. This class is open to all students, however most of mine are in the 11th and 12th grade. We are in a small, rural school, but by varying our offerings each year, our social studies department is able to support 5 electives beyond our required classes. These electives are some of the most popular classes among students.
While we are able to offer those excellent electives, our funding is extremely limited. In fact just this year the social studies budget was cut in half. Unfortunately this was also the year I discovered a really great book I thought my psychology students would both enjoy and be challenged by, but there is no money available to purchase them.
This summer I read "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," and was amazed at how much I enjoyed this non-fiction book. The book chronicles patients of Dr. Sacks who have unusual neurological disorders. But it does more than that. It also raises profound ethical, philosophical, and spiritual issues as well. I believe that by reading these stories my students will be able to connect the field of psychology to broader issues that concern the nature of humanity itself. Plus, Dr. Sack's writing is more like reading literature than reading a scientific study. By using his book my students will be more engaged and also improve the literacy skills they will need upon entering college or the work force.
By funding this project you will help me make my class more interesting and more challenging for my students. Because this book is so entertaining, students will be more open to the mental challenges it presents them, whether through the psychology content it presents, the moral and ethical debates it raises, or through the literary challenge is poses.
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|The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Oliver Sacks • Barnes and Noble||$12.00||25||$300.00|
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