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Mrs. Ortiz from Las Vegas NV is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Becoming Amazing Writers Through Great Children's Literature

My students need 2 packs of lanyards and 20 children's books.

  • $236 goal

This project expired on September 14, 2010.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I want to make writing engaging and fun for my students to encourage them to continue to write throughout their lives.

My students are sweet boys and girls in first grade that need school to be a stable place so they would want to attend.

The students at my school are 63% Hispanic, 41% are English language learners, and approximately 70% are socioeconomically disadvantaged.

My Project

Our school uses circle maps, tree maps and flow maps to teach students the fundamentals of writing. I want to teach my students not only the basic format of writing a story, but also help them develop a love for writing. Each day, we will read one of these books and use it as the foundation of our writing mini lesson. Then we will analyze the books for the interesting things the authors did in their writing and learn to do the same things in our writing. The books will engage the students in well written stories and help them write their own stories. They will then share with their classmates and gain confidence in themselves through positive feedback.

By giving us these books, my students will hear and read well written children's literature.

It will help instill in them a love of reading and give them good models of writing. This will help them want to develop and share their writing. Writing is a skill they will need their whole lives.

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

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pet Show! Ezra Jack Keats • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Other Way to Listen Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall (Illustrator), Peter Parnell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Bigmama's Donald Crews, Donald Crews (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Shortcut Donald Crews, Donald Crews (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Night at the Fair Donald Crews, Donald Crews (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.95 1 $12.95
Joshua's Night Whispers Angela Johnson, Rhonda Mitchell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45
Do Like Kyla Angela Johnson, James Ransome (Illustrator), James Ransome (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
When I Am Old with You Angela Johnson, David Soman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Joshua by the Sea Angela Johnson, Rhonda Mitchell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Rain Feet Angela Johnson, Rhonda Mitchell (Illustrator), With Rhonda Mitchell • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Owl Moon Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.23 1 $12.23
Meanest Thing to Say (Little Bill Series) Bill Cosby, Varnette P. Honeywood (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Where's Spot? Eric Hill • Barnes and Noble $9.35 1 $9.35
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats, Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.23 1 $12.23
Peter's Chair Ezra Jack Keats, Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Make Way for Ducklings Robert McCloskey, Robert McCloskey (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.67 1 $13.67
Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds Cynthia Rylant, Barry Moser (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
Snails Spell Joanne Ryder, Joan Ryder, Lynne Cherry (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
My Father's Hands, Vol. 0 Joanne Ryder, Mark Graham (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.95 1 $12.95
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Judith Viorst, Judith Viorst (Illustrator), Ray Cruz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.20 1 $12.20
LANYARDS ASSORTED COLORS • ABC School Supply, Inc. $4.74 2 $9.48

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