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Ms. Fenton from Arlington VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Easy Reading Is Hard Writing

Help me give my students some great mentor texts. Mentor texts are books that we study to improve our writing. With these amazing books, we'll soon be writing like pros!

  • $328 goal

This project expired on January 12, 2019.

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My Students

We are the American Dream. The students at my school are representative of many different cultures from all over the world. Most of these students have come as refugees or with parents who are refugees from war-torn and poverty-stricken nations. They come to the capital of this country hoping for more. My school is a Title I School in Arlington. We all try our best to provide the most relevant learning experiences to the students that we can so they can compete with students from elsewhere in college and careers. This school has a poverty rate of 80% as well as an ESOL (English as a Second Language) rate of 80%. They are some of the funniest, sweetest, most driven children. Please help me provide them with the opportunity to learn the same way peers in other areas of the USA might learn.

My Project

We LOVE to write this year. It is a natural love for most of the students in this class that I would love to nurture.

One of the best ways to become a good writer is to read.

Read often, and diverse books. Many picture books actually contain some of the trickiest writing strategies. Also, books like ‘The Name Jar’, ‘Crown’, and ‘The Day You Begin’ feature main characters that look like and have similar problems to my kiddos, which makes them more engaging.

Please help us get these new picture books to use as mentor texts to help us learn new ways to write! Picture books are not inexpensive, but they're typically engaging, well written, and seem more accessible to third graders. Your help will go a long way towards making these students awesome writers!

Ms. Fenton
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 17 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Stick and Stone • Amazon Business $14.16 1 $14.16
Can I Be Your Dog? • Amazon Business $13.41 1 $13.41
Ish (Creatrilogy) • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
What Makes a Monster?: Discovering the World's Scariest Creatures (The World of Weird Animals) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Fruit Bowl • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Cute as an Axolotl: Discovering the World's Most Adorable Animals (The World of Weird Animals) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Classroom-Ready Number Talks for Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Teachers: 1000 Interactive Math Activities that Promote Conceptual Understanding and Computational Fluency • Amazon Business $12.16 1 $12.16
Alma and How She Got Her Name • Amazon Business $12.01 1 $12.01
Pink Is For Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals (The World of Weird Animals) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Wordy Birdy • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $11.56 1 $11.56
The Big Umbrella • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Eraser • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Nerdy Birdy Tweets • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Nerdy Birdy • Amazon Business $10.31 1 $10.31
Be Kind • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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