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Ms. Johnson from Richfield MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mentor Texts To Mold Young Minds

My students need 17 mentor texts to be used as models for their writing and inspiration for high level comprehension.

  • $266 goal

This project expired on February 22, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The local public library has been a great resource but so often the text I want is unavailable or can't get to me in time. This teacher needs to build a collection of great mentor texts for reading and writing instruction! Help me inspire my students!

My lovely 3rd graders have the privilege of speaking two languages and experiencing two cultures...along with cold Minnesota winters!

Our charter school does amazing work to build partnerships with their families and the community and students feel this support through donations of time and money. Students give back through quarterly service projects such as park cleanup, thank you cards to local community helpers, shoe collections for the homeless, and meal packing for the hungry. These students have made great gains in math and were recently recognized in Minnesota for their high standardized test scores. We hope to see this same achievement in reading with help from donor's like you!

My Project

Imagine young writers being inspired by the talents of great children's authors like Cynthia Rylant, Donald Crews, and Chris Van Allsburg. Imagine struggling readers feeling successful at reading because the pictures speak "a thousand words" to them. Imagine proficient readers hungry to find more of Jon Scieszka's Caldecott winning books.

The books received through this project will touch not only the students of the 2013-2014 school year, but numerous future classes of students.

These books will be read and touched by hundreds of young students.

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

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This project will reach 53 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Can Write Like That!: A Guide to Mentor Texts and Craft Studies for Writers' Workshop, K-6 • Amazon $27.50 1 $27.50
Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6 • Amazon $19.92 1 $19.92
The Stranger • Amazon $15.20 1 $15.20
Fancy Nancy • Amazon $14.03 1 $14.03
Where Are You Going, Manyoni? • Amazon $13.36 1 $13.36
Owl Moon • Amazon $13.24 1 $13.24
How I Became a Pirate • Amazon $12.98 1 $12.98
I Want My Hat Back • Amazon $12.77 1 $12.77
This Is Not My Hat • Amazon $12.38 1 $12.38
RELATIVES CAME • Amazon $7.99 1 $7.99
Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster • Amazon $6.30 1 $6.30
Shortcut • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Baloney (Henry P.) • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Earrings! (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Roller Coaster • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Seriously, Cinderella Is SO Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmother (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon $6.26 1 $6.26
Where the Wild Things Are • Amazon $5.88 1 $5.88

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