The Makings of a TRUE Mentor Text

I realize I’m a bit late to the “Those Shoes Party,” which is a touching text written by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Those Shoes was published in 2007 and is the story of a little boy who desperately wants the shoes that nearly everyone else in school has. The catch? His grandmother cannot afford to buy him a new pair of those shoes. Since I don’t like to give away endings, let’s just say it’s exceedingly touching. To that end, it’s a story that nearly all children can relate to, especially in these days of high food prices and surging fuel costs. Therefore, I’ve decided that Those Shoes is going to become one of my first read alouds of this-coming school year, but not just because of its important message.

Those Shoes, like When It’s the Last Day of School, is very well-written. Boelts did it again when she crafted this text – it’s an EXCELLENT mentor! Therefore, piggy-backing off of the work I did at the Writing Institute when I took Lucy’s Class, I decided to go through Those Shoes, post-its and pen in-hand, so as to pick out the craft moves on every single page. As you can see from the photograph, there’s sometimes more than one craft move on a page. My post-its are just a start. I’m going to create a document that includes page numbers and the craft move I noticed, using the most precise words as possible (e.g., not just “Boelts did ‘show not tell’ on this page.) so that I can really use this book when I confer with my students this-coming fall.

Until then, here’s a link to the draft I created for this purpose. (Note: When I say draft, please realize that this document is NOT anywhere near its final form right now!)

If you decide to view the draft, then please leave a comment with feedback, + or -! THANK YOU!