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Ms. Crouch from Indianapolis IN is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Art of Annotating in High School English

Help me give my students highlighters, colored pencils, post-its, and index cards to annotate what we read!

  • $409 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

As burgeoning young adults, my students are incredibly active, vocal, and eager to experience classroom settings that allow them opportunities to deeply immerse themselves in something meaningful and relevant to their lives. My students come from incredibly diverse and complex backgrounds. They are ethnically, racially, and linguistically diverse. The majority of my students live near or below the poverty line.

It is my hope that students see our classroom as a place with a deep appreciation for the arts, a place where they feel safe and supported as they practice articulating their expectations, opinions, and needs, and a place where they can think critically and creatively about the world.

I teach two sophomore honors English classes, three sophomore general education English classes, one senior ethnic literature classes, and one IMPACT class. While students in all of my classes will benefit from these resources, my English classes will benefit directly. Other students and teachers will have access to the materials when my English students aren't using them.

My Project

Our district has recently acquired novel sets that students can annotate and keep for their personal libraries. This strategy asks students to write in the margins, make predictions, question, visualize, make connections, identify problems with, and summarize every time they read. These annotations are incredibly helpful when students write about what they read.

Annotating inspires students to tackle difficult texts confidently and intimately.

These funds would give students the materials necessary to effectively and efficiently practice this reading and writing strategy. The highlighters, colored pencils, post-its, and index cards are crucial to helping students connect with and fully immerse themselves in the texts they read independently and in small groups.

Rather than skimming or quickly reading a text, students practice pausing to break down a text for surface and below-surface meanings. Research shows that citing evidence is one of the most practical skills students need to develop as they move from high school to college. This practice helps students identify important parts of texts before reading, during reading, and after reading.

Ms. Crouch
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 197 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
SKKSTATIONERY 144Pcs Colored Pencils, Pre-sharpened, 12 Colors, 12pcs/Box, Total: 144Pcs. • Amazon Business $13.79 4 $55.16
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 2x Sticking Power, 3" x 3", Miami Collection, 24 Pads per Pack, 70 Sheets per Pad (654-24SSMIA-CP) • Amazon Business $17.44 3 $52.32
BIC Brite Liner Highlighter, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 24-Count • Amazon Business $8.17 4 $32.68
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 2x Sticking Power, 3 in x 3 in, Rio de Janeiro Collection, 24 Pads, 70 Sheets/Pad, Cabinet Pack (654-24SSAU-CP) • Amazon Business $16.30 2 $32.60
Post-it Flags Assorted Color Combo Pack, 320 Flags Total, 200 1-Inch Wide Flags and 120 .5-Inch Wide Flags, 4 On-The-Go Dispensers/Pack (683XL1) • Amazon Business $9.82 3 $29.46
Sharpie 25053 Tank Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count • Amazon Business $5.76 5 $28.80
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack • Amazon Business $12.20 2 $24.40
Post-it Notes, America’s #1 Favorite Sticky Note, 1 3/8 in x 1 7/8 in, Cape Town Collection, 18 Pads/Pack, 100 Sheets/Pad (653-18AU) • Amazon Business $7.98 3 $23.94
Oxford Ruled Index Cards, 3" x 5", White, 1,000 Cards (10 Packs of 100) (31) • Amazon Business $11.91 2 $23.82
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 12 Count • Amazon Business $9.43 1 $9.43

Materials cost

$312.61

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.69

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$347.30

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$61.29

Total project goal

$408.59

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$408.59

5 Donors

-$288.62

Donations toward project cost

-$245.63

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$42.99

match offer

-$119.61

Match offer toward project cost

-$101.67

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$17.94

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.36

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$0.00

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