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Ms. Torres from Cleveland OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Beginner's Guide (and practice) to Becoming a GOOD Writer

My students need a developmentally-appropriate reading-based WRITING curriculum (materials like reading books and pencils) to better prepare them for the rigorous assessments that they will be taking beginning in Kindergarten and throughout their academic careers and beyond.

  • $735 goal

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My Students

My school district is an inner city school district in Cleveland, Ohio. My school is a Title 1 school in which all students qualify for free lunch.

Almost 50% of our student population are English Language Learners.

We have recently experiences a slow but steady influx of students whose family have relocated to the area after the well publicized and devastating Hurricane Maria ravished the small island.

These students as well as my "local" students needs a lot of support in order to gain the knowledge and skills needed to be successful to reach the rigorous Common Core State Standards.

My Project

Writing is an essential skill in this era of Common Core State Standards and the seemingly never-ending assessments. While most of today's high-stakes assessments are technologically-based, students need to know how to "write." The writing process is a challenging skill, particularly for students from low-income families and those whose first language is not English.

Tara West is a very talented Kindergarten teacher who has created a developmentally-appropriate and "fun" writing curriculum.

The materials (such as journal notebooks, pencils, erasers and crayons), requested are the minimum needed in order for me to accurately, purposefully and properly carry out this curriculum. With the use of high-quality literature (books that describe or model a procedure, thought-process, chain of events, etc.) as the extremely important read-aloud, students will begin a lesson with excellent models of writing. The lesson will continue with step-by-step examples of writing (sometimes as a whole group activity, in small group lesson or even through an individual coaching or modelling session) followed by ample opportunity for practice. Using a notebook journal instead of individual papers, students, parents and I will be able to clearly see the growth of each individual student's writing ability. My students will methodically learn how to create all types of writing, at his/her level as this curriculum also helps differentiate.

Common Core State Standards for Writing in Kindergarten states that by the end of Kindergarten, students should be able to "use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces, informative/explanatory texts and narrate a single or several loosely linked events about a text or topic”. I know that this curriculum and the required (requested) resources will help my students because I have used other resources and curriculum created by Tara West and my students have academically thrived and flourished.

Ms. Torres
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dixon Ticonderoga My First Tri-Write Triangular #2 Pencils, Primary Size, Wood-Cased, Black Writing, 36-Count (13082) • Amazon Business $11.61 10 $116.10
Mead Primary Journal Creative Story Tablet, Grades K-2 ( 12 Pack) • Amazon Business $31.99 3 $95.97
STERILITE 18768606 Large Nesting ShowOffs, Clear with Blue Aquarium Handle and Latches, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $41.99 1 $41.99
A Ball for Daisy (Caldecott Medal - Winner Title(s)) • Amazon Business $14.06 1 $14.06
I Wanna Iguana • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
Duck! Rabbit! • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Flashlight • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Pizza at Sally's • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
Ralph Tells a Story • Amazon Business $12.82 1 $12.82
One Day, The End.: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories • Amazon Business $12.55 1 $12.55
When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Guess Who, Haiku • Amazon Business $11.67 1 $11.67
All the Places to Love • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: With Audio Read by Eric Carle • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
The Crayon Box that Talked • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
Ish • Amazon Business $10.33 1 $10.33
Oh No, George! • Amazon Business $10.08 1 $10.08
AmazonBasics Hanging File Folders - Letter Size (25 Pack) - Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! • Amazon Business $9.67 1 $9.67
In My Opinion • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
How to Make a Liquid Rainbow (Hands-On Science Fun) • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Charlie and Lola) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Are You a Bee? (Backyard Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Listening Walk • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Red is Best • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective? (Words Are Categorical) • Amazon Business $6.58 1 $6.58
What Do Authors Do? • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Alphabet Tree (Dragonfly Books) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Building a House (Mulberry Books) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Martha Speaks • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Who Hops? • Amazon Business $5.56 1 $5.56
How to Make Slime (Hands-On Science Fun) • Amazon Business $5.54 1 $5.54
Froggy Gets Dressed • Amazon Business $5.47 1 $5.47
Yo! Yes? (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $5.35 1 $5.35
My Lucky Day • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Dear Mr. Blueberry (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $4.63 1 $4.63
Walt Disney's Cinderella (a Little Golden Book) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
National Geographic Readers: George Washington Carver (Readers Bios) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Frog Prince (Hello Reader! Level 3, Grades 1 & 2) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (A Click Clack Book) • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
National Geographic Readers: Cats vs. Dogs • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
National Geographic Readers: Giraffes • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19

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