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

Mentor Authors Teach Us Writing Moves

Help me give my students a collection of books by the author Kevin Henkes.

  • $272 goal

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My Students

Every student enters my classroom with a unique set of strengths and needs, yet teachers are supplied with materials that allow a limited scope of children to be successful. I believe all children can learn when given the supports that match their needs.

I teach 2nd-grade TWI (two-way immersion) at a diverse school in Evanston, IL.

TWI is a program in which students who are native speakers of either English or Spanish have the opportunity to become literate in the two languages. We spend most of our day learning in Spanish, though I provide my students with English language instruction as well. Students come to school excited and eager to learn. I am proud to be a part of a highly dedicated faculty that works to improve the lives of all students through education and offers a safe, warm, and welcoming environment in which they can learn.

My Project

Kids learn so much when they read fiction - they are internalizing narrative structure, they are learning new vocabulary, they are being exposed to different experiences, and more. Our writing curriculum also shows kids that authors can be mentors that we study to improve our own writing.

My writers this year would really benefit from a collection of mentor texts by a wonderful author, Kevin Henkes.

With these books, we will have a source of engaging reading material as well as guides to improve our narrative writing. We will notice how Kevin Henkes organizes his story across the pages, how he balances dialogue, description, and action, how he shows feelings instead of telling them, and we'll notice the special word choices he made. These books will be enjoyed twice - first as great texts to read, and then as "teachers" for our own writing.

Ms. Fane
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
In the Middle of Fall • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Old Bear • Amazon Business $15.36 1 $15.36
All Alone • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Waiting • Amazon Business $14.33 1 $14.33
My Garden • Amazon Business $14.10 1 $14.10
When Spring Comes • Amazon Business $13.42 1 $13.42
A Parade of Elephants • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Winter Is Here • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Little White Rabbit • Amazon Business $11.22 1 $11.22
Egg • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Birds • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Biggest Boy (Mulberry Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Bailey Goes Camping • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Jessica • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Wemberly Worried • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
A Weekend with Wendell • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Sun and Spoon • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Penny and Her Marble (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $4.76 1 $4.76
Penny and Her Doll (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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