Category Archive: mentor texts

Start Photocopying Student Work Before Its Published!

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Sometimes I think we forget to preserve our students’ writing work as they’re going through the writing process. Too often, I’ve forgotten to photocopy a great timeline or a first draft in which… Continue reading

Personal Narrative Texts.

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In many of the classrooms I’m working in, we are moving into a Personal Narrative study.  I asked teachers to gather books they would like to use to anchor their teaching.  Below is a… Continue reading

This is the only kind of jogging you’re going to see me do!

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Kevin, Creator of Day in a Sentence, used a new technology, Jog the Web, to showcase everyone’s posts this week. I was fascinated with the ease at which I was able to navigate… Continue reading

Meta-Language for Talking About Texts

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I was just reviewing my notes from the course I took with Lucy at the TCRWP Summer Writing Institute last month. I came across a page of notes I took where Lucy summarized… Continue reading

Poll – Early Results

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From the looks of the poll I posted two days ago, it looks like people would like more posts about “units of study” and “using mentor texts” in writing classrooms. Since the poll… Continue reading

SOLS: Mine Forever.

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Prior to adult writing time, I read aloud Jamie Lee Curtis’ book, Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born.  Then, thinking about SOLSC today, I decided to attempt to write about… Continue reading

Those Shoes: The Mentor Text Teaching Document

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I worked on the Reading-Writing Connections Document for Those Shoes until 12:30 a.m. Here are two examples of the way I set it up: Craft Move Page Number(s) Why the Author Might Be… Continue reading

The Makings of a TRUE Mentor Text

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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… Continue reading

Teaching Craft to Kids

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I was perusing the Heinemann and Stenhouse Websites today looking for new books about the teaching of writing. I came across a text by Elizabeth Hale entitled Crafting Writers K-6. Like other new… Continue reading

READING/WRITING CONNECTIONS: If you want to teach writing really well, know a few picture books really well and use them when you confer.

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On the final day of the Writing Institute, both Carl and Lucy spent some time reiterating the importance of knowing a few texts REALLY WELL so you can use the same book with… Continue reading

It teaches precise details… AND it’s missing!

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My copy of When It’s the Last Day of School by Maribeth Boelts is missing. With the end of the school year being tomorrow, I’m a bit frantic about finding it. I’m sure… Continue reading

SOLSC: The Perfect “Gift”

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Last week, on the day I taught my students how to write letter poems by showing them Brod Bagert’s Poem “The Poem on My Pillow,” one of my students came up to me… Continue reading

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Mentor Poems Lesson

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Starting My Poetry Craft Table Originally uploaded by teachergal Tomorrow, I’m doing some explicit instruction on identifying poetic tools in poems we admire and then trying to use those tools in our own… Continue reading

Picture Book-Palooza

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On Thursday afternoon my students counted the photocopies of the book covers that I have hanging on clotheslines all around our classroom. Nearly every book I’ve read (save a few whose covers I… Continue reading

Making Mentor Poems Accessible At Any Time

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Mentor Poems Bulletin Board, originally uploaded by teachergal. I realized the other day that it was unfair to only provide extra mentor poems, from my mentor poems binder, to kids when I conferred… Continue reading

Read Alouds That Support the Writing Curriculum, IRA Books, & Touchstone Texts

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I’ve been working on updating the list of books I’ve read to my kids this year since I think it’s good to keep a list, of sorts. I have the book covers photocopied… Continue reading

What do you notice about this poem?

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Brainstorming About "Pencils" by Barbara Esbensen Originally uploaded by teachergal Since I came back today, my kids only had one day’s worth of formal poetry instruction. Hence, I wanted to spend some time… Continue reading

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

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Draft II: A Letter Back to a Student Originally uploaded by teachergal This note is a response to a student who turned-in her second draft yesterday. She did a phenomenal job mentoring herself… Continue reading

What Do Hybrid Cars, Windows, and Pearl Necklaces Have to Do with Memoir?

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Kate and I were creating charts after school this afternoon for tomorrow’s big memoir drafting lesson. (Though I previewed it for my kids today.) Calkins & Chiarella’s Book makes reference to three kinds… Continue reading

Memoir Stuff On-Tap for This-Coming Week

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This week I’m going to pull-out a bunch of texts that are memoir-ish: When the Relatives Came, What You Know First, The House on Mango Street, and maybe even Marshfield Dreams if I… Continue reading