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Mrs. Shaw from Philadelphia PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Author Study - Patricia Polacco (Part 2)

Help me give my students more books written by Patricia Polacco as they learn how to write personal memoirs.

  • $360 goal

This project expired on March 28, 2019.

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My Students

The students at my school are an energetic and hardworking group of children. They enjoy coming to school, but school funding cuts over the years have impacted what schools can provide to individual classrooms.

I teach second grade in an urban neighborhood where all the students at school are eligible for free breakfast and free lunch.

Some students live below the poverty line and their families struggle to provide them with basic necessities needed to be successful in school. Despite these obstacles, our school has hard-working students, as well as teachers and staff, who strive to make our school a welcoming and inviting place. In addition, our school is one of the top-performing schools in the city.

My Project

My students love to read and get excited when I bring in library books. But, of course, library books have to be returned. My students love books written by award-winning author Patricia Polacco. While I have some of her books, I would love to be able to permanently add more of her books to the classroom library. My students really connect to Polacco's personal memories of visiting grandparents, annoying siblings, feeling different, and struggles in school. These themes keep my students reading as many of her books as they can. In fact, one parent told me after I read one of Polacco's books in the classroom, her son requested they go to the library to find more of her books.

I would love for my students to have access to more of Patricia Polacco's books and use them for an author study.

This will give my students access to more of her books and encourage their love of reading. The books will also be used to study specific story elements such as well-developed characters, interesting plots, and strong themes. I also plan on using these books as a starting point for students writing their own family memory stories and creating their own books. I recently had a project funded for Patricia Polacco books. If funded, the books in this request would complete the classroom library collection of books written by Patricia Polacco.

Mrs. Shaw
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
January's Sparrow • Amazon Business $20.33 1 $20.33
Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
The Trees Of The Dancing Goats • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Something About Hensley's • Amazon Business $17.39 1 $17.39
In Our Mothers' House • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
For the Love of Autumn • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Oh, Look! • Amazon Business $15.96 1 $15.96
Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair • Amazon Business $15.44 1 $15.44
Clara and Davie • Amazon Business $15.21 1 $15.21
In Enzo's Splendid Garden • Amazon Business $14.77 1 $14.77
Bun Bun Button • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Blessing Cup (Paula Wiseman Books) • Amazon Business $13.05 1 $13.05
Fiona's Lace • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Some Birthday! • Amazon Business $9.44 1 $9.44
Just Plain Fancy • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
G is for Goat • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Babushka Baba Yaga • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Appelemando's Dreams (Reading Rainbow) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Dancing in the Wings • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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