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Mr. Harshman from Saint Louis MO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Teaching AP Literature Can Sometimes Be GRAPHIC!

Help me give my students graphic novel adaptations of Shakespeare's HAMLET and Kafka's METAMORPHOSIS!

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My Students

The entire student population of my school receives free or reduced-price lunch. Most do not have money for simple things like basic school supplies, book bags and clothes. If we're being honest, as a whole, urban public school children are often largely overlooked, dismissed and underestimated.

Despite these obstacles, most of my students are admirably college-bound.

It is my goal to get a hundred percent of my students to college, but without preparation, which they achieve through completion of my projects and assignments, they will be ill-equipped for the expectations and stipulations of college coursework.

With that said, I try and provide my students with literature, resources, opportunities and technology that mirror those given to more affluent school districts. As a lot of my teaching style relies on positive reinforcement and the realization and strengthening of personal strengths and integrity. I strive to show my students that their worth is not dependent upon what school district or zip code they grew up in.

My Project

I teach Advanced Placement (AP) Literature & Composition and 11th grade (Junior) American Literature. I love both classes. However, gathering the materials I need to support my curriculum (both the one I created myself for AP Lit. and the district-enforced curriculum for American Lit.) are entirely my responsibility.

Given that teachers in my district have only received the most imperceptible of raises of the past ten years, I am unable to suffer the cost of these materials myself.

In my classes I try to expose my students to literature and stories that will engage them. Furthermore, my students need exposure to different cultures and world perspectives. However, a lot of the texts I teach are more advanced than the texts the average inner city public school student has had experience with. Furthermore, a lot of my students come to my class with learning differences and need modifications in order to fully understand any text (let alone Elizabethan literature!). With that in mind, I am seeking graphic novel adaptations of several of the texts I teach in my classes. With these graphic novels the students will be reading them in tandem with the original text. For my students who are more visual learners, these graphic novels will provide the narrative core of the text in a way they can readily (and enjoyably) understand.

With your help, I can address all the learning styles in my give my students the gift of stories and texts that not many inner city public school students are privy to... A text that just might change their lives and inspire them on into college.

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Mr. Harshman
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hamlet (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $12.39 5 $61.95
Hamlet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $8.69 5 $43.45
The Metamorphosis • Amazon Business $5.25 4 $21.00

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