Here's your worthy cause for the day. A junior high school teacher has put up a request for some funding to get her classroom new copies of Scott Westerfeld's classic young-adult dystopian novel Uglies — and all you have to do is go over to OO.com and vote for this project to be funded by the charities that support the site. (Which you can do once a day. Registration required.)
Mrs. Amador-Pirnie explains:
Imagine a class of 30 adolescents being expected to share a 5 year old set of 12 ratty paperbacks!
My 8th grade students are current and former English Language Learners, in a very large inner city school. They have very little experience reading Fantasy or Science Fiction, which is part of the reason why I like to expose them to great Young Adult literature like Scott Westerfeld's Uglies during a Utopia/Dystopia unit of study. After our discussions and analysis activities, and as the plot moves along, the majority of my students come to enjoy the book, and many go on to read the rest of the series. Once I get a sense of which aspects of this book most appealed to them, I am able to recommend other books to keep them reading.
Last year, my working around the lack of complete copies of Uglies took time and attention away from the reading, analysis, and discussion of it. I felt the time and resources I spent making copies or scanning pages for projecting on a screen were wasted. Having a fresh new copy of the book for each of us would eliminate the "mad dash" of students who bickered to get their own copy or had to move their seat closer to the screen in order to see. All of my students could independently practice close-reading strategies, as well as individually finding details in the text to support their ideas.
Your support in this project will allow me to focus more on my students' thinking and learning through this text, rather than focusing on the logistics of how they will all see it.
[via EC Myers on Twitter]