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Mrs. Crowley from Lawrence MA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Painting Our Way to Literacy

My students need watercolor paper, paints and brushes to participate in an innovative art-based writing program. The watercolor paints are very forgiving and will provide my special education students with an opportunity to express themselves visually.

  • $276 goal

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My Students

The students that I work with have a variety of disabilities from autism to specific learning disabilities. They need lots of visual support and benefit from seeing actual sources (photographs, painting, etc.) versus problems or information copied on the board. My students are from a very low income city and many of them are English Language Learners as well as requiring Special education. Our school has been working to create an academically-challenging and nurturing environment where our students can grow into well-rounded scholars and community members.

My Project

I recently attended an amazing professional development class on Picture Writing with Beth Olansky. The program is a nationally recognized, inclusive method for teaching writing. Students participate in a collaborative artists'/writers' workshop "That reaches every member of the classroom-and results in solid literacy gains that are reflected in students' test scores in both writing and reading." (B. Olansky, The Power of Pictures, Jossey-Bass, 2008) Students create a watercolor painting related to a mentor text or of their own imagination and then use the visual as a springboard to find descriptive language to convey their message.

I was amazed by the intensity imbued to writing that begins with such a personal and powerful visual!

I believe my students will find the scaffolding created by her system of word association and organization tremendously supportive as they learn to use language to communicate their thoughts.

Mrs. Crowley
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PAPER WATERCOLOR 90LB 24X36 PK 100 • School Specialty $94.56 1 $94.56
BRUSH EASEL GOLD TAKLON LH FILBERT SIZE 10 - SAX PACK OF 3 • School Specialty $7.09 6 $42.54
PAINT PRANG WATERCOLOR 16 COLOR SET OVAL W/BRUSH • School Specialty $3.19 8 $25.52
SIMPLY MINI EASEL PACK OF 10 • School Specialty $8.44 2 $16.88
BRUSH WHITE BRISTLE 3/4 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $0.30 6 $1.80

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