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Ms. De La Rosa from Houston TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Some Fuel for Thought: A Book for PBL Cross-Curricular Project

Help me give my students a challenging text to read in AP Literature and English III. American War is a post-apocalyptic novel that will blend our studies in Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, English III, and US History.

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My Students

Our high school is a Title I School with 70% of our students with socioeconomic needs. Our courses are blended in a cohort: Chemistry, Environmental Sustainability, US History, English In our Project-Based learning environment, our students solve authentic problems troubling our community. The projects that our students will create this year will address real-world environmental concerns.

In the inner-city of Houston, in the heart of the Third Ward, our students lack access to resources that other, more affluent, students have.

At our school, we strive to bridge this gap through experiences with industry professionals in the STEM-related industries to level the playing field. With our focus on Environmental Sustainability, we strive to help our under resourced learners gain knowledge and experience to be good environmental stewards.

My Project

In our inner-city magnet school, we have students from all over our huge metropolitan city. Having been hit by five devastating flooding events in five years, our great city and our students are feeling, first hand, the impact of warming waters and climate change. But, in a city who reaps economic, social, and benefits from the oil and gas industry, we must equally consider the balance of our jobs and futures with our awareness of our planet.

Getting contemporary fiction into the hands of our undeserved learners is important to increasing their awareness about the role that day-to-day choices make on their future.

This book, American War, seamlessly combines our four courses, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, English III, and US History with a narrative that will serve as a case-study for one potential future. In our cross-curricular project, Food vs. Fuel, we are going to look at how we, as consumers, interact with our environment and the priorities we make as a nation. We will weigh this against the upside and the benefits that the fuel industry has on our daily lives and look for viable, sustainable solutions for our city and our future.

There are no easy answers. Our students will look closely at the fossil fuel industry, from fracking to distribution as well as the bio fuel industry from farmer to distribution. Both have amazing potential; both have concerns. We will weigh both the upsides of American fuel independence with the impact on the environment on both sides.

Ms. De La Rosa
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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American War: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.89 65 $837.85

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