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Ms. Castaneda
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 7 donors
  • $0 still needed

The Pearl Project

My students need 40 copies of a book to read at their skill level -ESL4. "The Pearl" is just perfect for them because it is a short novella and its plot and language is not too difficult

My Students

I read this when I was an ESL 4 myself, it brought me a deep understanding of literature and a love for books. I was immediately taken into the time of the story. I was so emerged in the plot and its characters. I related to its content - the book was about a poor Latino family struggling to survive.

This is my second year with my students.

Last year we asked donors to send us a class set of "Wayside Story" but it was delivered after school was out so they did not get to read them. Since then my low ESL class has been enjoying them but my ESL 4 kids want to read more and "Wayside story" is too easy for their skills now, so we thought we would try this again and ask if we can get a book to enjoy. I thought of "The Pearl" because they are all Latino students and their skills and levels can handle this book now.

My Project

I believe this book is going to change their point of view about themselves, their parents and the ethic of work. I know that it did for me when I read it. I was a year older then they are now (9th grade, they are 8th graders) but I think this class is very mature for their age and they will understand the message behind the story. Also, I think they will be able to relate to the culture and the heritage.

This project is important to me because I want my students to see how books take the readers to places that are very different from the lives they lead.

I want my students to read a book with vivid language and details. I want my students to learn to love stories and books.

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Pearl • AKJ Books $7.30 40 $292.00

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This project will reach 80 students.

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