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Ms. Werner from Kailua HI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

That Was Then, This Is Now

Help me give my students a class set of SE Hinton's That Was Then, This is Now and some healthy snacks.

  • $293 goal

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My Students

I teach 7th and 8th grade reading to students who struggle with basic decoding and comprehension. They give up an elective to be placed in a reading class. My five classes are made up of a range of students who read between first grade to just below grade level.

While they might prefer to be in a gym or art class, my students are good sports and work hard to improve their reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension.

When I find a good text, they are on board and ready to fly! They are kind and help one another improve their reading on a daily basis.

My Project

Having class sets of novels allows us to read good literature as a class. I have read The Outsiders by the same author with my classes and had high interest and great learning. I include the healthy snacks as both a motivator to work hard in my class and also because it adds to our cozy reading environment, where the kids are nestled in our reading area, books in hand, doing a little munching. It's fun!

That was Then, This is Now, although written many years ago, will be very relevant to my students and will facilitate discussions about family difficulties, the dangers of drugs, anger and the power and powerlessness of relationships.

This allows students to share what they need to about their lives while growing in their fluency and comprehension skills as they read this grade level text. We will also work on vocabulary and core curriculum standards as we read this enticing novel.

Ms. Werner
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
That Was Then, This Is Now • AKJ Education $7.29 15 $109.35
Act II Popcorn Butter Lovers 36/CT (GOV23255) • Staples Advantage $17.59 1 $17.59

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