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So Far From The Bamboo Grove

My students need 80 copies of "So Far From the Bamboo Grove", 10 copies of "Eyes of the Emperor", 10 copies of "Weedflower", and 10 copies of "Under the Blood Red Sun".

My Students

In my class we are all about making connections, new discoveries, and learning to see the world and ourselves from a different perspective. My students are hungry to learn about different cultures and history through historical fiction. This unit is a perfect way to help them learn about survival.

My students are a wonderful group of kids who have some challenges but who love to read, love to learn, and are always asking questions and seeking knowledge.

Some students face financial challenges, family instability, and various educational challenges. Despite these challenges these are students with tremendous promise and need only get the nurturing and educational support they deserve.

My Project

These books will be used to provide the basis of a historical fiction unit which focuses on WWII--in particular the war in Asia. In So Far From The Bamboo Grove, one of two anchor texts, students read the story of Yoko Kawashima Watkins and her family's harrowing escape from Korea in 1945 and their hardships adjusting to life in post-war Japan. The accompanying texts will be offered to students as reading extension to be read in literature circles. All books will form the basis of various projects which will be used to assess student understanding. For example, students will have an opportunity to learn about Japanese culture and a period of time when U.S. and Japanese culture intersect. Students also will learn about the effects of war on civilians and the damage fear and racial discrimination can do to people and societies.

Our English department struggles every year to invest in the necessary materials.

We currently do not have enough books for all three of our English teachers to provide books to all of our students. As a result we must juggle books so that all students can get a chance to read the book which is part of our 7th grade curriculum. In addition, the books we have are falling apart and our students deserve better.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
So Far from the Bamboo Grove • AKJ Books $4.37 80 $349.60
Weedflower Cynthia Kadohata • AKJ Books $5.10 10 $51.00
Eyes of the Emperor • AKJ Books $5.10 10 $51.00
Under the Blood-Red Sun Graham Salisbury • AKJ Books $5.10 10 $51.00

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