More than half of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
The Importance of To Kill a Mockingbird
My students need a personal copy of "To Kill a Mockingbird".
I have curious and motivated ninth graders. I teach English Honors. My students want to learn and want to discover on their own. These 14 and 15 year-old students are working on more than just learning curriculum; they are learning what it means to be a citizen in our society. High school has become more than just a learning atmosphere; it is now where many students learn social skills, understand diversity, and gain responsibilities.
Our school is a Title I school, meaning that at least 68% of our students are living in poverty.
This means that they qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, live in low income housing, and/or receive services from the county. As a teacher, I do not ask much of my students in order to not put extra stress and worry on them or their parents when it comes to materials.
For this reason, I try to provide a copy of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird to each and every student. Every year, students are exposed to this novel and, every year, students walk away from this book with multiple life lessons and an appreciation for great literature.
One of my favorite times of year is not summer break, it is the fall semester. This is the time I teach To Kill a Mockingbird. This is the time when students who "don't read" begin to not miss a page. This is the time when students start to question why others have not read this book. This is the time when students make connections to today's society and how little things have changed. This is the time for developing one's opinions and perspectives about life.
To Kill a Mockingbird is more than a book I teach; it is a lesson in life, understanding, and love for the common man.
DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.