My students need 30 copies of Sherman Alexie's novel entitled The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
I teach a 9th grade class of students who are reading below grade level. It is a double period class and our daily routine includes at least 20 minutes of independent reading and at least 20 minutes of shared reading aloud. Over 75% of students in our urban high school qualify for free lunch.
Most of my students do not like to read. However, I have found that with the right book even the most reluctant readers are tuned in. We have been reading contemporary fiction with an emphasis on protagonists whose cultural backgrounds are different from that of my students. For instance, a book that students seemed to relate to strongly was Iqbal by Francesco D'Adamo. The novel is about a 12 year old child slave laborer who escapes bondage to fight against the exploitation of children. I felt that this book enabled students to finally empathize with a character unlike themselves. Having read Sherman Alexie's book, I feel the book would introduce students to a different perspective, that of a fully realized Native American character who struggles to fit in outside the "Rez".
Our school is facing severe budget cuts and there simply is no available money for books. I feel that receiving a single class set of 30 books for my 30 students would allow us to continue building on the momentum that we have started. My students are presently under prepared to succeed in high school. However, they are developing the skills necessary - they need to continue reading and studying books that expand their awareness of the world.
Your gift will keep my struggling readers engaged in great literature. They are on their way to become lifelong independent readers and exposure to a writer like Sherman Alexie will help guarantee their growth.
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|The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble||$6.47||30||$194.10|
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