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Mrs. M. from Pasadena CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning from the Masters

My students need engaging books that clearly and masterfully model writing traits and dry erase markers.

  • $450 goal

This project expired on July 20, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Children's books aren't just for babies. Children's literature is poetry, written in a language all kids can understand; yet these models of exceptional writing are often absent from middle school English classrooms.

My students are 6th graders ranging from ages ten through twelve.

They attend an urban, public school in California. They are racially diverse and most come from low income families. Student capabilities in language arts are also varied with state test scores ranging from far below basic to advanced.

My Project

I am requesting rich children's literature- specific, hand-selected books which effectively demonstrate one or more writing traits. These texts will serve as models of "good writing" because they are simply but "masterfully" written. I am also requesting dry erase crayons to use with mini white board activities that engage students in activities as they analyze texts.

Exemplary models are the key to exemplary writing.

Students need to read excellent writing to write well, and children's literature presents the ideal model- poetic and simplistic at the same time.

Mrs. M.
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 65 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Piggie Pie • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Moving Day • AKJ Books $2.92 1 $2.92
The Leaving Morning • AKJ Books $13.80 1 $13.80
All the Places to Love • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
Twilight Comes Twice • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Meanwhile Jules Feiffer, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Window Jeannie Baker, Jeannie Baker (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $13.24 1 $13.24
Mirror • AKJ Books $14.05 1 $14.05
Fancy Nancy Jane O''Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
Chester • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Encounter • AKJ Books $5.18 1 $5.18
Punctuation Takes a Vacation • AKJ Books $5.88 1 $5.88
In A Pickle • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
A Lime, a Mime, a Pool of Slime-More About Nouns • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
But and for, yet and Nor: What Is a Conjunction? Brian P. Cl • AKJ Books $12.54 1 $12.54
Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear? • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
I and You and Don''t Forget Who • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
I''m and Won''t, They''re and Don''t: What''s a Contraction? Bria • AKJ Books $12.54 1 $12.54
Lazily, Crazily, Just a Bit Nasally: More about Adverbs Bria • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Quirky, Jerky, Extra Perky: More about Adjectives Brian P. C • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Straight and Curvy, Meek and Nervy • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Under, Over, By the Clover • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Hairy, Scary, Ordinary • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Sam and the Tigers: A Retelling of Little Black Sambo Julius • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Dear Deer Gene Barretta • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Crazy Like a Fox: A Smile Story Loreen Leedy • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Voices in the Park Anthony Browne • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street Roni Schotter, Kyrsten B • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
King Who Rained • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Chocolate Moose For Dinner • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Important Book, The • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus • AKJ Books $5.88 1 $5.88
Love to Langston • AKJ Books $7.36 1 $7.36
If You Were a Conjunction • AKJ Books $5.88 1 $5.88
I Am The Darker Brother • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Read Well, Think Well • AKJ Books $11.66 1 $11.66
DRY ERASE CRAYOLA CRAYONS WASHABLE SET OF 8 • ABC School Supply, Inc $3.79 10 $37.90

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