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Ms. nowakowski-grimm from Austin TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating A Writers Craft!

My students need 45 mentor texts, such as "Tulip Sees America", and "Owl Moon" by favorite children's authors so that they can begin to craft their own writing style.

  • $469 goal

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My Students

Writing is developmental and difficult. My students are working hard in reading and math due to state tests, so writing is not always a priority or an easy task for third graders. Our time is limited, so books that are mentor texts in writing and support our reading skills would be valuable.

My third grade students are inquisitive about writing and love writers workshop.

We are a large suburban school with a diverse student population of 700+ students in grades Pre-K through Fifth. My Third Graders come from all different backgrounds with all different needs. They are eager to learn and eager to share their learning. We hosted our first Writers Coffee House last month with much success. My students were shining the entire time. Now they need more author text support to push their writing further!

My Project

I reviewed lessons and the books that accompany them, that show great mentor text suggestions. I found lessons that will enhance my students' ability to show voice in their writing, develop their ideas more thoroughly, help them to carefully understand word choice and structure. For instance the book, Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups by David Wisniewski is a great idea and structure mentor text. It provides a fun idea and a fun structure for students to imitate. Another book I chose, Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, helps to show students, in a fun way, a worm who writes down his daily thoughts that not only presents real facts about worms and their importance to the environment but it also mixes in a great use of humor. It is a great way to get my students to write from the point of view of an animal and journal their daily thoughts. These many different mentor texts will provide my students with writing support needed to magically show the true writing craft that is hiding inside them.

Supporting this project will help my third grade students to shine and show their love for writing and at the same time prepare them for their future writing adventures in the years to come.

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Ms. nowakowski-grimm
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 19 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dog Breath!: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis Dav Pilke • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Grandpa''s Teeth Rod Clement, Rod Clement (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Amelia''s Notebook Marissa Moss, Marissa Moss (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $7.36 1 $7.36
Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street Roni Schotter, Kyrsten B • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Duck on a Bike • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Important Book, The • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Bubba the Cowboy Prince: A Fractured Texas Tale Ketteman, Ja • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Tuesday • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
How I Became a Pirate • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude Kevin O''Malley, Kevin O''Mal • AKJ Books $12.54 1 $12.54
The Web Files • AKJ Books $11.83 1 $11.83
Letters from Obedience School • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad Elvira Wo • AKJ Books $4.43 1 $4.43
I Am the Dog, I Am the Cat Donald Hall, Barry Moser (Illustr • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella Susan Lowell, Jane Ma • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
My Brother Dan''s Delicious Steven Layne, Chuck Galey (Illust • AKJ Books $15.29 1 $15.29
Rattletrap Car Phyllis Root, Jill Barton (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Tough Boris • AKJ Books $5.18 1 $5.18
I Love You the Purplest Barbara M. Joosse, Barbara Lavallee • AKJ Books $15.29 1 $15.29
Tulip Sees America • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Quiet Place Douglas Wood, Dan Andreasen (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Listen to the Rain • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
Yo! Yes? • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Good Dog Carl • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Owl Moon • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Good Boy, Fergus! David Shannon • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Caves • AKJ Books $5.88 1 $5.88
I Wanna Iguana Karen Orloff, David Catrow (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Miss Alaineus • AKJ Books $5.18 1 $5.18
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
There''s a Nightmare in My Closet • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Daisy Comes Home • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Dogzilla: Starring Flash, Rabies, Dwayne, and Introducing Le • AKJ Books $4.40 1 $4.40
Enemy Pie Derek Munson, Chronicle Books, Tara Calahan King ( • AKJ Books $14.39 1 $14.39
Diary of a Worm • AKJ Books $13.24 1 $13.24
Summer My Father Was Ten, The (paperback) • AKJ Books $9.86 1 $9.86
George Washington''s Socks • AKJ Books $4.43 1 $4.43
Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
The Sisters Grimm • AKJ Books $11.80 1 $11.80
Dear Mr. Henshaw • AKJ Books $4.43 1 $4.43
Ben And Me • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Pedro''s Journal • AKJ Books $4.43 1 $4.43

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