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Ms. Ortiz from East Chicago IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Will Not Fear Shakespeare!

My students need 35 copies of No Fear Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in order to help ease them into their first experience with reading Shakespeare.

  • $266 goal

This project expired on April 10, 2011.

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My Students

As a bookwormy teenager, I have fond memories of reading books of all types- including Shakespeare! Of course, I grew up to be an English teacher! I'd like to give my reluctant readers the same fond memories of Shakespeare as well.

My 9th grade English students are reluctant readers, however, they will "get into" a book if I sell it to them in just the right way!

These students come from a high-poverty and high-crime community and, for many of them, school is their only ticket out of this grim situation. For many of these kids and their families, school is not always associated with the most positive of experiences. It is my job to bring the joy and enthusiasm of learning to them in a variety of ways.

My Project

Reading the classics, including Shakespeare, is an important part of the high school literary experience. I would like to present Shakespeare to them in a non-threatening, enjoyable way. This will be their first experience with Shakespeare. With these books, my students will be able to understand Romeo & Juliet in a way that makes sense to them. These books will allow me to plan meaningful and relevant lessons.

With your help, my students will not groan or sigh each time we begin our daily reading of Shakespeare.

Having this contemporary version of Romeo & Juliet will make this text more accessible to these students. My students will read, discuss, and write about Shakespeare with confidence.

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

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This project will reach 135 students.

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Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare) William Shakespeare, Sparknotes Editors, John Crowther (Editor) • AKJ BOOKS $5.36 35 $187.60

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