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Ms. Pesavento-Conway from San Diego CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The War That Killed Achilles--Part 2

My students need 17 copies of "The War That Killed Achilles".

  • $450 goal

This project expired on February 19, 2011.

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My Students

I want my students to go to college! To make sure they are ready for AP English and/or college studies, they need exposure to non-fiction texts. Our problem is that freshman English lacks that type of literature. Please help us obtain these books!

My students are 9th grade students in a freshman English class.

They are ethnically diverse and at home speak languages that include: Tagalog, Vietnamese, Spanish, Farsi, Urdu, and Cantonese. Twenty-five percent of them were English learners at one time, and all of them are identified as Gifted and Talented students. My students are creative, intelligent, and work to rise to the academic challenges their teachers provide. Our high school is on the top ten list of achieving high schools in San Diego County, currently ranked at number nine; however, we are the only high school on the top ten list that is a Title I school, meaning we have a large percentage of students who come from homes of low socio-economic status.

My Project

I am requesting a portion of a class set of Caroline Alexander's The War That Killed Achilles, which is a non-fiction text that gives one scholar's perspective on the Trojan War. This would fit into our first semester curriculum perfectly, couched between Greek mythology, The Iliad, and The Odyssey. Students will be able to analyze a scholarly text from a different perspective of their mythology text. They will learn to question the validity of materials read and understand this time period, characters, and events with depth and complexity.

The donations in this request will make a difference because having these texts available for my students will allow me to expand their thinking around a topic and increase their background knowledge.

This project will impact my students by broadening their experience with literature and prepare them for upcoming challenges of Advanced Placement English and university-level coursework.

Ms. Pesavento-Conway
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War Caroline Alexander • Barnes and Noble $18.43 17 $313.31

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