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Mrs. Chris White from Rome GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

I CAN Write... Just Like Them!

My students need mentor texts like My Great-Aunt Arizona, Too Many Tamales, and Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook to use develop their writing skills.

  • $263 goal

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My Students

Our elementary school is a culturally rich school, with a diverse population of 580 students, in Pre-K through sixth grade.

Our Title I school population has 92% of students qualifying for free or reduced-priced lunches and a high concentration of English Language Learners.

We also serve two foster group homes, for temporary and long-term placement of homeless children.

We do not see these statistics as roadblocks. We see them as additions to our rich diversity. Together we will help students to develop to their fullest potential: Creative, problem-solving, compassionate adults.

My Project

This year my focus in 3rd grade is help each child become a confident independent writer. Many struggling writers do not see the necessity in learning write, which causes them to chronically stay behind grade level.

My students need mentor texts mentor like My Great-Aunt Arizona, Too Many Tamales, and Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook to use develop their writing skills.They will see authentic writing in action- then apply the author’s craft they observe in the text to their own writing.

I want my students to say," I can write just like them."

My students will see writing as vital in clearly communicating their thoughts, beliefs, and feelings. They will write for authentic reasons. They will write book reviews, personal narratives, opinion pieces as well 21st century writing such as blogs and vlogs.

In order for my students to strengthen their writer's skills and craft, they must have mentors they can reference. This list of books will give students the skills necessary... to become great writers.

Writing is a wonderful way to express your feelings. It gives students a way to share and work through the struggles of homelessness. These mentor texts give my students something to connect with and springboard off. By expressing themselves, I will gain greater insight into their emotional, physical as well as learning needs.

Mrs. Chris White
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $17.20 1 $17.20
Fox (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $17.17 1 $17.17
The Z Was Zapped: A Play in Twenty-Six Acts • Amazon Business $15.16 1 $15.16
Tuesday (Caldecott Medal Book) (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $14.90 1 $14.90
Hey, Little Ant • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, every punctuation mark counts! • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Dogzilla (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Fortunately, Unfortunately (Andersen Press Picture Books) • Amazon Business $12.87 1 $12.87
My Great-Aunt Arizona • Amazon Business $11.05 1 $11.05
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $10.76 1 $10.76
Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads • Amazon Business $10.54 1 $10.54
Banish Boring Words!: Dozens of Reproducible Word Lists for Helping Students Choose Just-Right Words to Strengthen Their Writing • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Too Many Tamales • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Previously • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59

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