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Ms. G. from Bronx NY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Journals to Promote Successful Writers

The cost of this proposal for 90 Linen Sketchbooks in assorted colors is $1249, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $1,249 goal

This project expired on December 14, 2004.

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Authentic practice is the greatest way to ensure long-term student success. During a unit on real-world reading and writing, we will engage students in literacy activities through in-depth journal writing to allow them to grow skilled as writers, reflective and responsible as individuals. This year, my class read Esme Raji Cordell's novel Sahara Special about a fifth grader repeating the grade after leaving special ed. The story takes place in a struggling, inner-city school in Chicago and delves into the thoughts and concerns, passions and fears of the students, teachers and parents involved in the protagonists' daily life. Sahara's new teacher encourages her troubled class to explore themselves through the written word, subsequently building a strong classroom of successful students. As we read the novel, my students kept their own journals in black-and-white marble notebooks. Through their writing and sharing, the students opened up, confronted their fears and began to grapple with some of the tragedies that so many of our students in the South Bronx face daily in school and at home-- foster care, homelessness, failure, death... They became better, more involved writers while growing as individuals. This year, we want the entire fifth grade to complete a similar writing unit using the same mentor text. But instead of marble notebooks, we want the students to possess the beautiful bindings that they deserve, that they can hold close as special. We would like a varied array of journals-- 90 in all-- so that each student can have her or his own.

Ms. G.
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Classic Linen Sketchbooks • Dick Blick Art Materials $9.99 90 $899.10

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