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Ms. Stein from New Haven CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Stranded on an Island: Human Nature in the Modern World

Help me give my students a class set of Damselfly, an updated version of Lord of the Flies to pair with the classic text.

  • $408 goal

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My Students

My students are a varied group of young teens who are enthusiastic about learning. The socio-economic background of my students is highly diverse. These children come from many different countries including new immigrants and refugees and the children of professionals. During the year we read fiction and nonfiction texts, and write narratives, as well as all types of essays.

We read all types of literature including classics, short stories, and modern realistic fiction and I love to pair classic texts with interdisciplinary study and multimedia.

For example, a few years ago we read the original Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and the students created portraits in art class. Last year we read Fahrenheit 451 to coincide with the release of the new movie version by HBO. Rotating texts studies keeps things fresh while pairing them with other disciplinary studies makes them more meaningful.

My Project

With this class set of books my students will continue their year long exploration of human nature and how people emerge as leaders, perpetrators, bystanders and up-standers. The author, Chandra Prasad, has offered a free class visit to those Connecticut schools studying her book.

The eight graders will be able to study the savagery versus human civilization with an updated cast of characters in the modern time period.

They will benefit from discussing the novel, it plot, theme and writer's craft with the author. Students will also have the opportunity to pair this exciting text with the classic, Lord of the Flies.

Ms. Stein
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Damselfly • Amazon Business $10.38 30 $311.40

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