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More About Mentor Texts

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.

Stacey Shubitz View All

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).

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  1. I finally had a few free minutes to read your article today Stacey. Very well written! I know there are (still) people who feel they don’t have time for read alouds, but this article clearly shows how those picture books can be used to build writing skills (among other things) and that taking the time to use them with students really pays off. I think yoour article will also help techers of older students realize that picture books aren’t just for primary age students.


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