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Mrs. A. from Ponchatoula LA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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The cost of this digital camera is $271, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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At Ponchatoula High School in South Louisiana we have a unique culture. This setting is perfect for creative writing. I currently teach English III and IV with a total of 145 students, so I am allowed some luxury with creative writing. I am a big fan of journal writing which allows students to free write and be creative also. With the beautiful setting, it so exciting to use this as a springboard for many writing assignments as well as "writing marathons". The students also enjoy the opporunity to write creatively. Students need to be allowed to be expressive. This type of writing gives them the needed practice in writing, and it also gives them confidence in their writing. I firmly believe that this filters over into all of their writing. I tell them that writing often is like exercise--it has to be done frequently to see results. Setting is the best way to spark ideas because it is real and tangible. As wonderful as this setting can be at our high school, I still feel very confined to the one setting at the school. I have an idea that involves purchasing a digital camera with a docking station. This would allow me to take pictures of many different settings and print them out for immediate use in the journal. Students could write about many different settings. This will allow them to practice using descriptive language. Then I thought they could share their responses with other students and compare the descriptions of the same pictures. I have used this activity with art pictures, and it worked well because they were able to appreciate different points of view. Having pictures of familiar settings would expand this idea as well as have them understand the use of "local color" in writing. In South Louisiana we are fortunate to have such a rich culture. Many students are not completely aware of the opportunities for writing that surround them. Having a digital camera will allow me to expose them to a world that is right in from of them. From a beautiful spring day on a lazy river, to the day after a catastrophic hurricane, students can be inspired to write from the heart and from a familiar place.

Mrs. A.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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KODAK CD43 DIGITAL CAMERA & PRINTERDOCK SERIES 3 BUNDLE -- Kodak EasyShare CD43 Digital Camera and EasyShare Printer Dock Series 3 Bundle • Quill Corporation $199.98 1 $199.98

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