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Mrs. Saunders from Walterboro SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Ready? Set? Write!

Help me give my students strong mentor texts such as, "Owl Moon" to become better writers.

  • $472 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach students in a high-poverty district. Many of the students come from homes in the poverty category. My classroom contains a majority of students who arrived well below level in reading. These students are served by interventionists and receive special services in reading and math. Some students receive services for speech as well. I also have ESOL students in the classroom from time to time. We are required to use computers for quarterly and standardized testing now. In third grade, writing takes an entire day of that testing and students must develop multi-paragraph essays to be considered a third grade writer.

With such a large number of students who struggle with reading and writing, it is important to help students develop writing skills by exposing them to examples in engaging text.

The fiction and nonfiction books I have chosen for this project will be used as mentor texts to help students to become more detailed writers.

My Project

I use mentor texts to introduce, reinforce and give examples of strong writing traits. Third graders can learn sequencing through Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad day. The book, Amazing Grace gives a great example of characterization.

We need books such as Owl Moon, The Relatives Came and Enemy Pie to give students an understanding of ways to add details to "show" and not "tell" a story.

I will use these mentor texts to promote a joy of reading while explaining ways authors make writing more interesting. Most books can be used in a variety of lessons.

Mrs. Saunders
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Enemy Pie • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
I Wanna Iguana • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
The Sweetest Fig • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Owl Moon • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Paperboy • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Amazing Grace 25th Anniversary Edition • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Picture Book Edition • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Creepy Carrots! • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Little Red Pen • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Freedom Song The Story of Henry "Box" Brown • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Ralph Tells a Story • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Jabari Jumps • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Wind Power • AKJ Education $8.76 1 $8.76
Gracias, Sr. Falker (Thank You, Mr. Falker) • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Diary of a Fly • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Hey, Al • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Bedhead • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Boundless Grace: Sequel to Amazing Grace • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Salt in His Shoes Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Relatives Came • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Stone Soup • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Follow the Drinking Gourd An Underground Railroad Story • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Water Dance • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Someday a Tree • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Duck! Rabbit! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Stone Soup An Old Tale • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Grandfather's Journey • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Thunder Cake • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Roller Coaster • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Julius, the Baby of the World • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Chair for My Mother: 25th Anniversary Edition • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Tough Boris • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Parts • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Night I Followed the Dog • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
New Shoes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Bad Case of Stripes • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Fireflies • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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