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Ms. Pierce from Broken Arrow OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mentor Texts to Engage Readers and Writers

My students need quality mentor texts to engage them in reading and writing.

  • $466 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students in my classroom come from many different walks of life. My classroom contains students from different socio-economic statuses, ethnic backgrounds, and different home lives.

My students are resilient, hardworking, energetic, and loving kids.

Regardless of the outside factors on their lives, they are all eager and willing to learn. The classroom often becomes a home away from home so I strive to make all students feel that they are equal, safe, and can be successful no matter what their lives outside of school are like.

My Project

Children learn by example and what better example than amazing books, written by well known authors. Mentor texts in the classroom have a multitude of uses.

Not only will quality mentor texts help them learn to write better, but it will also influence their reading.

During writing, students can get ideas, see examples of quality writing, and see how a story comes together. In our reader's workshop, I get to read books aloud to model fluency and how to use different comprehension strategies.

Children need real world experiences to make their learning meaningful, and teacher modeling accomplishes this. Using books like "The Stranger" and "John Philip Duck" students will see how to best use comprehension strategies to understand what they read.

For writing, "Voices in the Park" and "Memoirs of a Goldfish" students get examples of different writing styles and types of writing. With the book bins, students will be able to pick out their own books to use during independent reading time. All of these things can be used from year to year, helping grow the passion of reading for many students.

Ms. Pierce
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
BOOK BINS - INTERLOCKING BLACK PACK OF 6 • School Specialty $12.77 6 $76.62
Enemy Pie • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
John Philip Duck • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Stranger • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
The Day the Crayons Quit • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
What Do You Do With an Idea? • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
Memoirs of a Goldfish • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
What Do You Do With a Problem? • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
Super Silly Sayings That Are Over Your Head: A Children's Illustrated Book of Idioms • Amazon Business $9.75 1 $9.75
Voices in the Park • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
A Platypus, Probably • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Chrysanthemum • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Testing Miss Malarkey • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Parts • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Anansi Does the Impossible! An Anhanti Tale • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Even More Parts Idioms from Head to Toe • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
More Parts • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Dear Deer A Book of Homophones • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Shrek! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
What Really Happened to Humpty? From the Files of a Hard-Boiled Detective • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Nothing Ever Happens On 90th Street • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Frog Prince, Continued • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Frankly, I Never Wanted to Kiss Anybody! The Story of the Frog Prince, As Told by the Frog • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! The Story of Little Red Riding Hood As Told by The Wolf • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Seriously, Cinderella Is So Annoying! The Story of Cinderella As Told by The Wicked Stepmother • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
The Princess and the Pea A Retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's Story • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Frog Prince, The (level 3) • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
The Sisters Grimm: Book Nine • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Tales From the Hood • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75

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