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Ms. Murray from White City OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Becoming A Better Writer

My students need inspiring photos to spur them to write creatively, innovative spelling instruction and sentence composing, & markers to illustrate their writing.

  • $226 goal

This project expired on February 1, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Inspiring students daily to be creative in their writing is daunting. Journal prompts on the overhead are only words staring at often blank faces staring back. Besides getting students to write, I also need to find ways to make spelling interesting, and improve their sentence structures. Whew!

Our school is the center of our small community in rural Oregon.

The students see us as a home away from home, and often the only safe place in their lives. Even though they may grumble about having to do homework, most of our students would rather come to school sick than stay home. Many of our students speak a second language at home, but they all come together at school. They join together in groups like Graffiti Removal, and a Theater Club where they attend Shakespeare plays--and they love them!

My Project

As a writing teacher, I am always looking for new ways to inspire the students, and with so many children being visual learners, I want to incorporate visual aids to enhance their writing. With “Write What You See”, I can project photos that include writing prompts, motivating the students through a wide variety of black and white pictures, which will also include questions for them to consider, ideas for writing, possible opening lines, and suggestions for research. With 99 photos to chose from, I will have an arsenal of thought-provoking photos and prompts. But it can't stop there, I also need to improve their spelling with enticing ways, such as the "Spelling Demons" workbook. Don Killgallon's book comes highly recommended as an innovative way to incorporate improving students' sentence composing, and though for elementary students, I've been advised it will work best for my students. Finally, markers allow students to personalize their work, from small projects to big.

The culture of today emphasizes the visual, often ignoring the art of composing.

However, through visual stimulation, students' imagination can be unleashed. Yet, I can't forget the basics of spelling or improving their sentences--they need the "whole package." Tools, such as these help to take the everyday "chore" of writing and make it an activity students look forward to, and more importantly, where learning becomes seamless and students' imaginations can soar.

Ms. Murray
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 110 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Write What You See: 99 Photos to Inspire Writing Hank Kellner • Barnes and Noble $20.26 1 $20.26
Spelling Demons Week by Week Elizabeth Hagner • Barnes and Noble $30.78 1 $30.78
Sentence Composing for Elementary School: A Worktext to Build Better Sentences Don Killgallon, Jenny Killgallon • Barnes and Noble $23.51 1 $23.51
PRANG WASHABLE MARKERS -- Dixon Prang Washable Markers School Pack • Quill $79.19 1 $79.19

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