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Mrs. Sheppard from Belvidere IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading to Make Us Better Writers!

My students need an excellent writing program (The Writing Thief by Ruth Culham) with all the trade books that provide examples of what great writing should look like.

  • $407 goal

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My Students

My students all have special needs of one kind or another. They all work hard to meet their goals whether it be to learn all their sight words, improve their reading fluency, write a complete sentence, learn their math facts, or simply to become more independent. Many of my students come from low income backgrounds and do not have many resources to help them learn at home. We do our best at school to provide as many resources as possible to help them succeed!

My Project

My classroom severely lacks quality writing resources and materials. I don't have a writing curriculum, and the writing lessons that I teach are patched together using what my students need and the few resources I do have. My students find writing discouraging, tedious, and boring.

Every day I am looking for new ways to engage my students and make writing more enjoyable for them.

Ruth Culham's book, The Writing Thief, is a book that describes how to use mentor texts to teach students how to improve their writing. She provides a list of many trade books that provide students with fun and captivating examples of how they can make their writing better.

I believe Ruth Culham's book and the books she recommends could be the key to my students' writing success. Not only do my students need examples of great writing, but they need a way to make writing fun. I am hoping that this project will give my class the boost it needs to make all of us expert authors!

Mrs. Sheppard
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing • Amazon Business $38.60 1 $38.60
A Leaf Can Be . . . (Millbrook Picture Books) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Beautiful Oops! • Amazon Business $15.30 1 $15.30
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature • Amazon Business $14.64 1 $14.64
The End (Almost) • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
The Umbrella • Amazon Business $14.07 1 $14.07
Are We There Yet? • Amazon Business $13.82 1 $13.82
One Day, The End.: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories • Amazon Business $13.76 1 $13.76
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Shh! We Have a Plan (Irma S and James H Black Honor for Excellence in Children's Literature (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Good News, Bad News • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Rain! • Amazon Business $12.11 1 $12.11
Please, Mr. Panda • Amazon Business $11.27 1 $11.27
Exclamation Mark • Amazon Business $10.80 1 $10.80
Thunder Boy Jr. (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) • Amazon Business $10.57 1 $10.57
That Is Not a Good Idea! • Amazon Business $10.42 1 $10.42
Beyond the Pond • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Happy Endings: A Story about Suffixes • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The Case of the Incapacitated Capitals • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Silent Letters Loud and Clear • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Punctuation Takes a Vacation • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Hippos Can't Swim: and other fun facts (Did You Know?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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