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Mr. Sutton
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households
  • 11 donors
  • $0 still needed

Round 2: Giving Every Student A Copy Of As I Lay Dying

My students need 130 copies of "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner so that every student can take a book home and read and process it at their own speed.

My Students

Firstly, thank you to the donors who purchased 35 copies of this novel for my classroom last year. My students loved it. The challenge was I had only a class-set of the book; therefore we could only read it in class and the book dragged on too long for the students.

Disenfranchised with the educational system.

Generational poverty. Distracted. Struggle with motivation. Don't associate themselves with academic success. Urban students from a tough California City. BUT parts of this change yearly when our students are engaged in their learning. Engagement leads to ownership with maturity, and by graduation many students are career ready or prepared for school. Furthermore, for many, they see themselves differently and they appreciate "learning". When one tackles a challenge; that person is more open to taking on another challenge. This novel is one of those opportunities for my students.

My Project

My students received a class set of 35 novels of "As I Lay Dying" from donors via Donors Choose last year, but now I would like to place a copy in every student's hands. My students respond well to high expectations and being introduced to a rich text with complex grammar will help my students rise like the phoenixes they are. Frequency with quality texts quickly moves my students in the direction we all want them to go; successfully recognizing grammar mastery and applying critical thinking via literary analysis.

This novel offers my students the opportunity that our book room does not.

Our school lacks the adequate number of novels to properly teach my class. This class set will ensure that many future generations of my students will have access to one additional quality novel to further my students' appreciation of quality literature and to further grow their critical analysis skills.

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As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text • Amazon $10.80 130 $1,404.00

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