My students need 20 copies of "The Gift of the Magi".
"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book." quoted anonymously. My struggle each day is to encourage 8th grade students, who have never been successful in reading, to find and ignite the imagination that lies within the covers of books.
The students I teach are in the 8th grade at a public school in one of the poorest districts in Florida.
Many of the students struggle with day-to-day tasks due to their ever changing home environment. Survival has become their number one priority. Books do not find a place in my students' lives because my students are frequently moving from place to place. I want to give my students the opportunity to read incredible pieces of literature and make connections to their life. I hope with each story we read, my students find a piece of themselves, and in that connection, a love for reading.
The Gift of the Magi is a beautiful story with an incredible lesson. My students face economic hardships everyday, most are homeless, living in motels, or multiple families to a single apartment. They cannot afford new supplies to begin the school year and their parents are unable to purchase Christmas gifts. Candlewick press has not only published an incredible piece of literature, but has done so with pictures. These pictures are essential for a greater understanding of the text for my students. With the donation of these books I will be able to teach not just a single element of literature, but many elements such as: theme, plot, characterization, and connections to life. I would also like my students to participate in a community service project in which they give something they have to offer to another person. We will brainstorm ideas on how people who have very little, can still make a significant impact in the life of someone else.
Please help provide a classical piece of literature, that will inspire reading and the glorious act of giving to another.
It's with your help that the classroom library can build shelves friendly to the students' reading levels. As Lesley Conger said, "The best of my education has come from the public library...my tuition fee is a bus fare and once in a while, five cents a day for an overdue book. You don't need to know very much to start with, if you know the way to the public library."
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|The Gift of the Magi • AKJ Books||$11.83||20||$236.60|
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