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Ms. Skinner from Winters CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Are All Writers (and Illustrators!)

My students need high-quality mentor texts for use during Writing Workshop and basic writing/book-making supplies, such as scissors, markers and staplers, to create and publish their own writing projects.

  • $509 goal

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My Students

"Can I make another book, just like a real author?" It's a question I hear many times throughout our daily Writing Workshop. Our small school has a decent library, but often lacks the high-quality mentor texts that inspire young writers. My students also need basic writing/book-making supplies.

My first graders attend a small school in a rural California town.

Over 70% of our students are low-income and over 60% are English Language Learners. There are about 400 students at our school and the teachers here are working hard to make a difference. The students are motivated and want to learn. Since writing is such an important skill, I feel a strong sense of urgency when teaching my students to read, not only as readers, but as writers.

My Project

It is hard to create anything without some sort of inspiration. By reading aloud and analyzing mentor texts, carefully selected to model genre, text structure, punctuation use, and craft), I ask the children, "Could you do this in your writing today?" This list of books will take the students' writing to a new level. They will be able to tell and write a personal narrative that create suspense (like Donald Crews in Shortcut) or structure texts in interesting ways (like Cynthia Rylant in The Relatives Came). Finally, using the new scissors, markers, staplers, and tape, they will be able to make their own "books." Making "writing stuff" (Katie Wood Ray's term) is developmentally appropriate and leads to bigger projects. It also encourages kids to think about writing whenever they read! It is a powerful experience, when asking a room full of six-year-olds, "Can you make a book like this?" to hear a resounding "YES! Can we just get started on our writing now?"

The written word touches every aspect of our lives, and in guiding these young learners, I hope to nourish in them a love of language that will stay with them for life.

By providing models of excellent writing, and by providing a structure in which to discuss author's craft, my students will learn that they can be successful writers. Sharing writing builds community, too, as students encourage each other, share in each other's successes, and celebrate the fact that we are, indeed, all writers.

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Ms. Skinner
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
In My New Yellow Shirt Eileen Spinelli, Hideko Takahashi (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $14.57 1 $14.57
The Relatives Came Cynthia Rylant, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Let's Go Home: The Wonderful Things about a House Cynthia Rylant, Wendy Anderson Halperin (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 2 $13.66
Shortcut Donald Crews, Donald Crews (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Owl Moon Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.43 1 $9.43
Bigmama's Donald Crews, Donald Crews (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Night at the Fair Donald Crews, Donald Crews (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.30 1 $12.30
Do Like Kyla Angela Johnson, James Ransome (Illustrator), James Ransome (Photographer) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Rain Feet Angela Johnson, Rhonda Mitchell (Illustrator), With Rhonda Mitchell • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Earthdance Joanne Ryder, Norman Gorbaty (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Grandpa Never Lies Ralph Fletcher, Harvey Stevenson (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.68 1 $13.68
Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble! Patricia Hubbell, Megan Halsey (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Eaglet's World Evelyn Minshull, Andrea Gabriel (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
Sail Away Donald Crews, Donald Crews (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Animal Dads Sneed B. Collard III, Steve Jenkins (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
Water Dance Thomas Locker, Thomas Locker (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.98 1 $5.98
STAPLER HEAVY DUTY ANTIMICROBIAL • School Specialty Inc. $29.22 1 $29.22
STAPLER,EASY USE,SR • School Specialty Inc. $20.42 2 $40.84
MARKER CRAYOLA CONICAL BOLD SET OF 8 • School Specialty Inc. $2.65 10 $26.50
MARKER CRAYOLA CLASSIC FINESET OF 8 • School Specialty Inc. $2.65 10 $26.50
SCISSOR 7'' ASSORTED • School Specialty Inc. $4.20 12 $50.40
SCISSOR SCHOOL SMART 5 BLUNT LEFTY • School Specialty Inc. $1.46 5 $7.30
MAGIC TAPE 3/4''X1000'' 12/PK CLEAR • School Specialty Inc. $24.50 1 $24.50
STAPLES HEAVY DUTY 1/4 LEG PACKOF 1000 • School Specialty Inc. $3.50 1 $3.50
STAPLES STD SZ 5M/BX • School Specialty Inc. $1.32 1 $1.32

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