Category Archive: mentor texts

Poetry Portfolio Guidelines

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My colleagues and I met during our Common Planning Time today and solidified this year’s Poetry Portfolio Guidelines, which is an adaptation of what my fifth graders did last year. We’re going to… Continue reading

In Their Words

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Today’s Workshop, in my classroom, was spent immersing my students in the memoir genre (or is it genre of memoir… both sound funny to me!). The kids realized that most memoirs are a… Continue reading

Inspired to Create a Book List at OceanCliff

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The view of the water from the back of OceanCliff Originally uploaded by teachergal We got all of our writing and reading teaching points solidified for the rest of the school year when… Continue reading

WE’RE PRESENTING AT NCTE IN NOVEMBER!!!!

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I just got off of the phone with Ruth, with whom I shared the great news. Our conversation session proposal, “INSPIRING CHILDREN TO WRITE: TEACHING WRITING WORKSHOP WITH OUR NOTEBOOKS WIDE OPEN” was… Continue reading

Immersing them in the memoir genre

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Deb asked me which texts I’ll be using on day one of the memoir unit. Well, the answer is that I will be reading When the Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant or rereading… Continue reading

Stacey’s Seventh of Eight Poems

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Even if you’re a few days behind, don’t fret. C’mon in and join JOY: Five Senses Poem Originally uploaded by teachergal I chose to write a poem about the emotion joy. I’m not… Continue reading

POETRY CHALLENGE

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I like challenging myself and my students with their writing. So… in honor of National Poetry Month, I thought about creating a week-long poetry challenge since I’d like to create more poetry of… Continue reading

Immersion Begins Tomorrow

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I’ll begin immersing my students in the literary essay genre tomorrow. I’m fortunate to have had some wonderful students last year who graciously allowed me to share their essays with future students to-come.… Continue reading

Literary Essay Texts

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During our common planning time today, my colleagues and I brainstormed a list of texts we’re going to have students select from for their literary essays. Many people think that kids should pick… Continue reading

Revision: Dialogue

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The active engagement of today’s minilesson ran a little longer than usual since my students felt as though they needed to help me revise my dialogue after studying the way another author used… Continue reading

A short list of the texts my students went for to help them revise the endings of their stories today…

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One of our readers, Kelly, asked me to share the list of texts my students went for when looking for mentor texts to help them revise the endings of their short fiction pieces… Continue reading

Time to Write the Entire Draft

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My colleague Kate and I were remarking that this unit of study on fiction is taking our students longer (i.e., longer for their drafts to come together). Hence, I decided that it’s time… Continue reading

Being inspired by a great picture book…

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Today was spent immersing my students in the short fiction genre by reading picture books. Here are the texts my students read and enjoyed either by themselves or with a partner: Beatrice’s Goat… Continue reading