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Ms. Aguirre from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Us Learn With Lucy!

My students need these 35 books to enrich our writing lessons. We use Lucy Calkin's Writer's Workshop to learn to write as authors do. These authors are wonderful examples!

  • $321 goal

This project expired on August 22, 2011.

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My Students

Lucy Calkins writer's workshop teaches my students to be authors. My students will become better writers if they can have these published authors as examples. Lucy Calkins refers to these books throughout her lessons. These lessons would be easier for my students to learn if I had these books.

I teach first grade in a low income neighborhood in Illinois.

I have 29 bilingual students in my classroom. My students are very independent and want to be authors. Since my students are bilingual and we are learning to write in English, it is very important that they have as many visual representations of our lesson as possible.

My Project

During our writing time, I do a small mini lesson at the carpet and then the students spend the rest of the time at their seats writing their stories independently. I sit with a different table everyday and reinforce the mini lesson. I have so many students that it is very rare that I see every student every week. It is so important that the mini lesson gets through to them so they are able to work independently until I can work with each student. With the help of these books, my mini lessons can become stronger and easier for my students to see in the book what I want them to be able to do in their own stories. If I am able to use these books in my lessons, I will feel more confident about my students' level of comprehension and will be able to focus all of my attention on the students I am working with that day.

My students have a hard time thinking of themselves as authors.

They don't believe that they can one day become a published author. These books will help my students see that they can write just like Donald Crews, Angela Johnson, Vera B. Williams, Ezra Jack Keats, Don Freeman, and so many other wonderful authors do! My students will be able to see themselves using the same techniques that these published authors do, and will hopefully think of themselves as authors!

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

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This project will reach 29 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
My Little Island • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Owl Moon • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Koala Lou • AKJ Books $5.46 1 $5.46
Joshua''s Night Whispers • AKJ Books $3.86 1 $3.86
The Leaving Morning • AKJ Books $14.55 1 $14.55
Joshua by the Sea • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
When I Am Old with You Angela Johnson, David Soman (Illustra • AKJ Books $5.42 1 $5.42
Do Like Kyla • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Where''s Spot? • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Pumpkin Book • AKJ Books $5.42 1 $5.42
Poppleton • AKJ Books $3.11 1 $3.11
Three Tales of My Father''s Dragon: My Father''s Dragon, Elmer • AKJ Books $13.22 1 $13.22
Shortcut • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Peter''s Chair • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Pet Show! • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Aplachia • AKJ Books $5.46 1 $5.46
Everybody Needs A Rock • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Honey, I Love Eloise Greenfield, Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Illus • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
Im In Charge Celebration • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Bigmama''s • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Night at the Fair • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
Snails Spell Joanne Ryder, Joan Ryder, Lynne Cherry (Illustr • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
My Father''s Hands, Vol. 0 Joanne Ryder, Mark Graham (Illustr • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
Apples and Pumpkins • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
Snow is Falling • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
Chicken Sunday • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Just Us Women • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Two of Them • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
When I Was Young in the Mountains • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
How to Lose All Your Friends • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
Fireflies • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
Rain Feet Angela Johnson, Rhonda Mitchell (Illustrator), Wit • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
Ant Cities • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67

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