I teach on the Navajo reservation in a very isolated community where gangs, drugs, teenage pregnancy, and domestic violence are the norm. My eighth-grade language-arts students rarely hold a new book. They rarely admit that reading is fun, and they very rarely have anything to read at home. Still, my students are hooked on--no, obsessed with--fantasy stories.
Dwarfs, goblins, elves, wizards, time travel--my students LOVE fantasy novels. Perhaps it's the escape these novels provide from the real world, or maybe it's the sheer creativity of this genre that draws my students. Whatever the reason, my students have displayed an enormous interest in this genre. Unfortunately, our scant classroom library has very, very few fantasy or sci-fi novels. Thus my students often go home empty-handed on an afternoon that could be filled with delectable reading.
In order to satisfy this craving for books, we need to fortify our class library with sci-fi and fantasy stories. My students love the challenge of finishing a series, so we've requested the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the "Chronicles of Narnia" series, and the "Golden Compass" series, as well as a few Harry Potter books. We hope to build our library over time, but these staples will enable my students to immerse themselves in literary joy.
My students are rarely excited about school. They are all extremely at risk of everything from dropping out to pregnancy to alcoholism. Eighth grade is a seminal milestone for every kid, but my students are truly on the brink of either disaster or success. This wonderfully uncanny love my students have shown for fantasy novels is truly a godsend and needs to be nurtured. Your generosity may very well be the catalyst that turns my students into lifelong readers and, in the process, saves them from falling into the traps of poverty. Please consider this gift a true investment in the future. Thank you for your consideration.
|The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble||$31.50||1||$31.50|
|J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit and the Complete Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King/Boxed Set J. R. R. Tolkien • Barnes and Noble||$20.97||1||$20.97|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble||$24.49||1||$24.49|
|His Dark Materials Boxed Set: The Golden Compass/The Subtle Knife/The Amber Spyglass (3 Volume Set) Philip Pullman • Barnes and Noble||$28.68||1||$28.68|
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator), Mary GrandPr (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble||$8.99||1||$8.99|
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