I’ve blogged about mentor texts a great deal since we started Two Writing Teachers in 2007. I learned a lot about the way students use mentor texts after spending a year researching this when I was in grad school at Teachers College. As a result, I recently had an article, entitled “Using Mentor Texts to Differentiate for Young Writers,” published in Statement, which is the Colorado Language Arts Society‘s Journal. Mike Wenk, the Editor of Statement, gave me permission to scan and share the article in this forum. Hence, the article follows for you to read, if you’re interested, below.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).