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Ms. Harris from Houston TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Power of War

My students need copies of The Quiet American so they can explore how the how the novel's literary themes of war apply to today's global climate.

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My Students

At our school, we do learning differently. Instead of the traditional curriculum, we focus on Project-Based Learning. This means that we present our students with real-world problems/questions that require students to incorporate their knowledge from all disciplines to solve.

Our students ride buses from all over the city to attend school in the heart of downtown.

They have chosen to attend their high school, the first Energy focused school in the Nation, to be exposed to engineering, robotics and hands-on experience with our city's top industry.

They are a multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-talented group of young people that are passionate about learning things in a non-traditional way.

Our project-based campus gives these students a voice in their education; however, this choice comes with a cost. Our school does not have a library, and since our campus is only five years old, we do not have a wealth of resources from which to pull. This means that we must turn to donors like you to help us support building our libraries and ultimately our students' passion for reading.

My Project

In preparation for our students' last project of junior year, we surveyed student interest on a variety of thematic content. Over 70% of our students ranked the United States' role in global conflict as their first choice. Many cited interest in globalization and current international issues as their rationale for their choice.

To capitalize on our students' interest, we've selected The Quiet American, a rigorous and relevant text to anchor their exploration of the themes of conflict and war throughout history.

Using a "book club" model, students will read the novel and participate in group discussions while tracing literary themes. Then, students will analyze how these literary themes apply to modern conflict.

After completing an analysis of The Quiet American and its connections to modern conflict, each student will design a research question sparked during classroom discussions or individual reflections. Next, students will complete research and write a paper over their findings. Finally, students will plan and present an "elevator speech" that presents the main points of their paper.

Through this project, students will improve their reading, writing, and public speaking skills while learning about deepening their understanding of the relevancy of historical events to today's problems.

Ms. Harris
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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The Quiet American (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) • Amazon Business $13.83 60 $829.80

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