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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

Help me give my students many different books written by Patricia Polacco to learn about story elements and personal memoirs.

  • $287 goal

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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.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Tucky Jo and Little Heart • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
The Lemonade Club • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece • Amazon Business $16.09 1 $16.09
Bully • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Gifts of the Heart • Amazon Business $15.18 1 $15.18
Ginger and Petunia • Amazon Business $14.64 1 $14.64
Holes in the Sky • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Because of Thursday • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
An A From Miss Keller • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Mermaid's Purse • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Remembering Vera • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Rechenka's Eggs (Paperstar) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Butterfly • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Picnic at Mudsock Meadow • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
The Bee Tree • Amazon Business $7.25 1 $7.25
The Graves Family • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Mrs Mack (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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