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The goal of this grant is to provide a shared big book experience that develops phonics, vocabulary, and emergent writing.

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Literature As a Model for Writing

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School:
Sawgrass Lake Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Kristin Anderson 
Students Impacted:
16 
Grade:
Date:
October 30, 2022

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Anonymous - $505.00

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Goal

The goal of this grant is to provide a shared big book experience that develops phonics, vocabulary, and emergent writing.  

 

What will be done with my students

Selected books have patterned language with predictable text. The rhythm, rhyme, and repetition of these high interest books offer an array of phonics sounds, sight vocabulary and a basic structure to write an original text. In whole-group shared-reading experiences, the selected big book is read several times for enjoyment, character discussion, and plot throughout the week. At each sitting, elements such as rhyming, alliteration, phonics patterns, and studied sight words are noted. Once scholars have identified the pattern of the book, the story becomes a writing model where the structure of the big book story is used to create their own original book. The scholars will use a classroom publishing center to create their original book. Once a scholar has published their original work, the authors may sit in the author’s chair to present their story to the whole class. 

 

Benefits to my students

Students will increase their phonics skills, vocabulary, comprehension skills, and fine motor dexterity as well as develop creativity in their thinking and writing. In addition, students will increase their writing proficiency through improved grammar, punctuation, and spelling. As a published writer, this gives students pride in their work and bolsters their self-confidence and self-esteem. 

 

Describe the Students

This would benefit 16 first-grade students this year and many more for years to come. The current class is comprised of ESE, ESOL, and General Education students. This class is mostly low-performing students that would highly benefit from the books that provide familiar, repetitive language that holds their interest and keeps them engaged while providing a memorable structure that makes becoming a published author more manageable!  

 

Budget Narrative

The budget reflects the purchase of several sets of big books with each set containing multiple titles. Additionally, it includes all the supplies for a student publishing center where students can write, create, and publish their own books! Finally, the budget includes a tabletop easel for shared reading of the big book. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Big Books - 3-4 sets of multiple books $350.00
2 Publishing Center Supplies (long-arm book stapler, single-hole punch, 3-hole punch, book glue, paper trays, lined and unlined paper, construction paper, pencils, colored pencils, markers, crayons, file labels, folder labels, packs of posterboard $60.00
3 Tabletop teaching easel $95.00
  Total: $505.00

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