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This project expired on June 23, 2007.
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"Teacher, how do you spell...?" This is a phrase I hear all throughout my writing workshop. Unfortunately, my students must ask me because we haven't a single dictionary in our class.
I teach third grade at P.S. 345 in East New York, where most of the students, including all in my class, qualify for free lunch. My class began the year below grade level and have been struggling with reading and writing. Part of the problem is spelling and developing a wide range of sight words.
Our classrooms lack dictionaries, which means that during our writing workshop the students must rely on me to correct their spelling mistake. With a set of classroom dictionaries, students would not only practice looking up words and editing their work on their own, they will also get exposed to a greater variety of words. The more a student sees a word, the more familiar it becomes. With a set of dictionaries for the class, students will be able to develop the habit of checking their spelling. By learning the skills of proofreading, they will be able to work with one another cooperatively as peer editors. Gradually, they will grow less dependent on me to edit their work and will gain a valuable learning and living skill.
Funding this proposal will help set my students on the path to be great writers!
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