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Ms. Harris from Concord CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Zany Zines & Creative Comix Give Kids a Voice!

My students need colorful paper, pencils, erasers, vibrant cardstock, jet black ink, drawing guides, and a how-to manual to create their own zany zine packed with poetry, comix, recipes, interviews, drawings, and jokes!

  • $427 goal

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My Students

I work with students who are English language learners and have learning disabilities. They also come from families that struggle with paying bills and affording school supplies and books. Despite these challenges, my students bring many strengths to the classroom, including a passion for learning and a willingness to take risks as they acquire the building blocks of reading.

My students love math, science, computers, and art, and they love learning how things work.

They are curious about the world and are eager to improve their literacy skills.

My Project

My students need colorful paper, pencils, erasers, vibrant and sturdy cardstock, jet black ink, magnets (to display work), and poster paper (to advertise on campus) to create a Zany Zine that gives them a voice and a reason to write. In Educating With Zines, Yang (2013) states that one of the key advantages of giving students the option to create zines in-class is the freedom it gives them to choose the format and topic that they most want to engage with.

Reluctant writers will be more engaged and excited to write and express their ideas when given the chance to share their drawings and writings in a zine that features comix, an advice column, a horoscope, games, jokes, drawings, interviews with the custodian and other local heroes, and recipes.

Students will learn how to collaborate as a team as they create a quarterly zine that showcases their best work. Students who rarely write will discover the joy of writing and publishing and contributing to their school community in a positive way. Zany Zines will inspire kids to discover their unique voice while honing writing skills!

Ms. Harris
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Brother Genuine High Yield Toner Cartridge, TN660, Replacement Black Toner, Page Yield Up To 2,600 Pages, Amazon Dash Replenishment Cartridge • Amazon Business $53.99 3 $161.97
72 Pencils Total (6 packs of 12 count pencils)Dixon Ticonderoga Black Wood-Cased Black Writing No. 2 Soft Noir Pencils ,Holographic Design • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb/89 gsm, “Brights” 5-Color Assortment, 500 Sheets (99608) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Emoji Erasers for Kids, 120 Emoji Pencil Eraser Bulk Pack, Great for Gifts, Small Emoticon Party Favors, Teacher Incentives, Rewards, Classroom School Supplies, Pair with Fun Pencils • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Pacon Card Stock, Colorful Assortment, 10 Colors, 8-1/2" x 11", 100 Sheets • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5" x 11", 24 lb/ 89 gsm,"Cool" 5-Color Assortment, 500 Sheets(20274) • Amazon Business $11.08 1 $11.08
Officemate Assorted Heavy-Duty Magnets, Circles, Assorted Sizes & Colors, 30/Tub (92501) • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? • Amazon Business $9.70 1 $9.70
Fadeless Paper Assortment, 20 Assorted Colors, 12" x 18", 60 Sheets • Amazon Business $8.62 1 $8.62
How to Draw for Kids: Learn to Draw Step by Step, Easy and Fun! (Step-by-Step Drawing Books) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Paper Mate Pink Pearl Erasers, Large, 12 Count • Amazon Business $5.36 1 $5.36
How to Draw Flowers (Dover How to Draw) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
How to Draw 101 Spooky Things • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
How to Draw 101 Monsters: Easy Step-by-step Drawing (How to draw) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
How to Draw 101 Dolphins • Amazon Business $3.61 1 $3.61

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