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Ms. Agnew from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Curious Incident

Help me give my students 15 copies of The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson.

  • $309 goal

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My Students

My middle school students are deeply interested in learning and will make a difference in the communites they represent. They want to fit in and do well in school. They love reading, lip gloss, and playing sports. My middle school students are not the statistics you read and hear about in the media. Despite ongoing violence in and around Chicago, my students participate in kindness challenges, tutor younger grade students, and assist teachers during their recess.

These eager to learn students quickly become uninterested in learning when their educational and social and emotional needs are not met.

My students enjoy sharing their thoughts in book clubs and class discussions. This lack interferes with their learning and ability to be the leaders we desperately need in our society.

Our school has an enrollment of 942 , Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade students. Approximately 10% of the student population receives special education services. Ninety-four percent are considered low-income.

My Project

Students love to become active participants in novels they are reading. We are studying the scarcity of clean and accessible water and this novel allows us to read and play the whodunit to identify the root causes of an outbreak. My students will travel back in time to Victorian London in the 1850's to seek answers to solve one of London's worst epidemics. The Ghost Map tells the story of 1850's London cholera epidemic, and how it changed science, cities, and the modern world.

Students will read this novel in small collaborative groups learning to use a map of London from the 1850's and information from the novel to identify potential causes of Cholera throughout Victorian London.

During whole class discussion/Socratic Seminars, questions will be used to analyze key ideas, details, craft, and structure of the nonfiction text. In small groups, students will be responsible for creating a visual of maps and other images to demonstrate what or who they think created the epidemic. Students will vote on their best presentation representing who or what might have caused the outbreak.

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Ms. Agnew
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World • Amazon Business $15.23 15 $228.45

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