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  • $1,044 goal

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Ms. Derdzinske
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 57 donors
  • $0 still needed

The Craft of Non-Fiction: Focus on Micheal Pollan

My students need excellent models of a sustained argument in non-fiction, and Micheal Pollan's "Botany of Desire" provides a superb example of such craft. They need a class set.

My Students

Writing is a craft whose art needs models and practice. My students need examples of expert writers to read and discuss, so that they can expand their own prose skills.

My AP Language students are Juniors in high school who come from all over our large city to attend our school.

Sometimes this means spending 2 1/2 hours on a bus to get to and from school. They come from diverse backgrounds both ethnically and economically over 40% of our school qualifies for free and reduced lunch. They are eager to read a wide variety of literature and dedicated to succeeding in this college level class as a high school student.

My Project

In The Botany of Desire, Micheal Pollan asks the following question: Do plants use humans as much as humans use plants? Pollan explores the symbiotic relationship between plants and humans in this thoroughly researched and engaging text. His use of historical, scientific and research based on interviews challenge traditional views regarding the relationship between humans and nature. The Botany of Desire allows my students to both engage with a professional model of an argumentative text and partake in discourse around Pollan's thesis. This example will give them a model for their own argumentative research paper.

Reading current non-fiction allows students to partake in critical discourse that matters in our society today.

Additionally, using expert writing models shows students where they can go in constructing their own prose.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Botany of Desire: A Plant''s-Eye View of the World Michael Po • AKJ Books $11.84 65 $769.60

Materials cost

$769.60

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$70.42

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.54

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$886.56

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$156.45

Total project goal

$1,043.01

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,043.01

57 Donors

-$1,043.01

Donations toward project cost

-$914.31

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$128.70

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$2.65

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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57 donors57 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 58 students.

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