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Ms. Fagerstrom from Memphis TN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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My students need a classroom set (35) of Spanish-English dictionaries, a Spanish thesaurus, and a few more Spanish books to add to their Spanish 2 and 3 class library.

  • $395 goal

This project expired on January 4, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Imagine you are a high school student writing a composition about drug trafficking. Seems tough. Now, imagine you are doing this in Spanish but without a Spanish-English dictionary. My Spanish 2 & 3 students are expected to write about challenging material, but lack the necessities to do so.

My students attend school in a rough neighborhood in which teenage pregnancy and gangs influence these young adults daily.

My Spanish 2 and 3 Honors students are mainly Juniors and Seniors and have made it past the peak drop-out time: sophomore year. They are striving to succeed and eager to learn. They have hopes and dreams stretching from our urban high school to around the world. They laugh, have fun, and desire to be respected and treated as adults. They challenge your thinking and stretch your perspectives. They are eager to learn and make the best with the resources they have available to them. Some consider school like a home: hanging out after hours, warmly welcoming new teachers with a hug, playing basketball in the gym during the summer, and dancing in the courtyards after school. They are lively and loving.

My Project

The Spanish 2 and 3 courses I teach are not solely about Spanish, but rather about becoming a global citizen. We learn the Spanish language and culture, discuss diversity, acceptance, immigration, and the importance of knowing Spanish for their future. These courses are writing and speaking intensive, with our class goal being at least an 83% mastery on both of these areas. In order to dive deep into our topics, however, students must have the dictionaries and books as assistance. In order to write about their thoughts on immigration, they must be able to look up words and create that document in Spanish. This class set of dictionaries will give each student the independence and ability to maximize their writing and take ownership of their work. It will boost their confidence in their work and teach them to use the resources at hand. The thesaurus and children's books will push their vocabulary set and demonstrate correct grammar use, enabling them to be more proficient in the language

How can a student be in the most advanced Spanish class in the school and not even have a Spanish-English dictionary?

This donation is a necessity for my students' success in Spanish class, enabling them to amaze themselves at the work they will be able to create with the simple use of a dictionary.

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

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This project will reach 215 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Buenas noches, Luna (Goodnight Moon) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) Laura Esquivel • Barnes and Noble $9.57 1 $9.57
Libro de Sinonimos y Antonimos Para Estudiantes: Spanish Thesaurus for Students Joan Greisman, Harriet Wittels, Adapted by Elizabeth Verzariu • Barnes and Noble $8.92 1 $8.92
Un pez, dos peces, pez rojo, pez azul Dr. Seuss, Dr. Suess, Yanitzia Canetti • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Sopa de pollo para el alma de los ninos: Relatos de valor, esperanza y alegria Patty Hansen, Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, Irene Dunlap • Barnes and Noble $10.51 1 $10.51
VOX Compact Spanish and English Dictionary Vox, Manufactured by Vox • Barnes and Noble $7.48 35 $261.80

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