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Ms. Williams from Long Beach CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Teaching Tolerance

My students need 36 copies of "Maus : A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History".

  • $653 goal

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My Students

Imagine all the people Living life in peace --John Lennon Stop hate and teach peace to our children, for they are the hope of our future survival.

I am so excited about the first lesson in my new 10th grade curriculum, depending of course, upon the accessibility to a class set of Maus.

Our campus, while culturally rich in its diversity, is its own city of a population of five-thousand students who move through the quad and corridors like the old time "Gangs of New York," spewing vulgarity atop insults garnished with threats. My aspirations to deliver a lesson on tolerance has been in the wings for a few years, but due to the nature of our campus environment it is risky business because of the high gang activity in and around our campus. I think Maus, however, given its genre and use of anthropomorphism , will reduce the tension between the opposing gangs to allow discussion, and its strong thematic message of intolerance and hate will set a standard that they can think about throughout the year. And what better way to start a new year then with a graphic novel!

My Project

3.10 Identify and describe the function of dialog 3.5 Compare works that express a universal theme and provide evidence to support the ideas expressed in each work. Activities will help students: •understand the use of dialog in editorial cartoons/ graphic novels •question why one group might blindly hate another group Introduction Dialog, or the language spoken between people or characters, is sometimes used in editorial cartoons/ graphic novels in the form of text in speech bubbles. Dialog in editorial cartoons often uses the kind of language that the characters would actually use. For example, if the characters are children, the dialog might include slang or if the characters have accents, the dialog might reflect that. Dialog is one way to capture a person’s true voice, as well as their strong feelings. After reading Maus students will work with a partner to create a cartoon that points out the dangers of hating an entire group of people.

Your donations to this project will commence my long awaited dream to begin the school year with lessons on tolerance.

Many of my students cannot walk down the street without the hyper-vigilant eye of survival. It is our responsibility to teach them the rewards of tolerance, so that they have a choice to live without fear and hatred. After Maus we will then read Elie Wiesel's memoir, Night, and finish with a field trip to The Museum of Tolerance, if funds permit. Thank you!

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Ms. Williams
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Maus : A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History • AKJ Books $13.04 36 $469.44

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