Discovering Watts Happening in Fifth Grade Writing
My students need 4 black ink cartridges, 4 tricolor ink cartridges, and 2 cases of copy paper.
I am a Fifth Grade teacher at a rural Elementary School, where the majority of our students are African American or Hispanic. The surrounding neighborhood is a high poverty, low socioeconomic area. Ninety-eight percent of our students receive free lunch, as well as other free services such as dental care through Medicaid. It is difficult for teachers to fund certain programs and activities in the classroom due to a lack of funds being provided. For this reason, we are using grant writing as a means to acquire the funds necessary.
As Fifth Graders, my students are blossoming into wonderful writers. They have taken the long and tumultuous journey from writing one paragraph essays, to writing five and six paragraph compositions. They are encouraged to express their thoughts and ideas in different genres of Writing. Each week, they create a new composition that they add to their Published Writing Composition Book. Because technology is becoming such an important part of our everyday life, I am turning my focus towards my students typing their compositions so they may be placed in a Writing Portfolio.
This portfolio will travel with them to the Sixth Grade, and hopefully the rest of their school years. I feel that if they are introduced to keyboarding early on, they will be better prepared for their future. Incorporating technology is encouraged in our school district and necessary in this day and age. It also allows the child to use their creativity, not only in their writing, but also when choosing font style, clip art, etc.
Another reason I am turning my focus towards typing their compositions is because I love to display their wonderful works of written art. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing the look of accomplishment and elation on a child’s face when they see their hard work displayed for everyone to admire. This thought of their compositions being displayed encourages each student to take more time and put more effort into their writing on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, due to a deficiency in funds this year and a class size of 27, I am not able to purchase the necessary ink and paper for my children to print their compositions. Due to the socioeconomic status of the families in our area, most of my students do not have a computer or printer at home to print from. Because of this, I am having to find other means of printing, such as my home printer or other printers outside of school. This is becoming a strain on my finances, as well as a stressor for my students.
I want my students to continue to create wonderful works of written art, and I want to be able to print these works so that I may share them with the world! I believe that my students’ written words open a window into their hopes and dreams, so that they may fly free and achieve them.
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