Category Archive: mentor texts

#slice2013: 13 of 31

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Another Commenting Challenge! Please take the time to read and comment on CLASSROOM slices. There are several young slicers joining the challenge to write for a month. Hope on over to the Classroom… Continue reading

Q&A with the Author of “Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?” + a Giveaway

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Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell is an expertly crafted biography that can be used to teach students a variety of craft moves during a biography writing unit of study.

Q&A with Patricia MacLachlan + a Giveaway

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Like you, I read lots of books.  One of my favorite authors has long been Patricia MacLachlan, who I believe is one of the most exquisite writers of our time.  Her newest book,… Continue reading

Behind the Scenes of I Haiku You + a Giveaway

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Betsy Snyder shares a behind-the-scenes process for writing and illustrating I Haiku You, her newest picture book published by Random House. Read through her post and then leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of this book.

Two Books to Honor MLK

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May tomorrow be more than just a day off from work and school. May tomorrow be a day when we commemorate the life of a great man who worked peacefully for justice and equality in this country. May the example set by Dr. King inspire us all.

Talking Poetry with Lynne and Rose + a Giveaway

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Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections, K-8 is the latest gem from Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli.  Not only does their book help you hone your poetry workshop instruction using mentor… Continue reading

Step into a biography with an author-illustrator team + a giveaway

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Every now and then a book comes along I want to tell everyone about. When I say everyone, I mean blog readers, my family, friends, teachers with whom I consult, and other parents.… Continue reading

A moose, penguins & book giveaways

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This Moose Belongs to Me and Baby Penguins Everywhere are new books with strong messages that contain craft moves we can teach young writers.

The Intersection of Poetry and Informational Writing + a Giveaway

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When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders can be used as a mentor text to help students craft poems, instead of biographies or informational reports, about people they read about and research.

An Interview with the Author of The Tooth Mouse + a Giveaway

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The Tooth Mouse, written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Janice Nadeau, is a fable that allows young readers to learn about another country’s version of the Tooth Fairy. The Tooth Mouse is… Continue reading

An Inspiring Mentor Text, an Interview, and a Giveaway

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I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E  Ralph Tells A Story (Amazon Children’s Publishing, 2012), which is a story about a boy, Ralph, who has trepidation about writing. (It’s already become a book I suggest to… Continue reading

Crafting a Tribute Poem

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Did you read Katherine Sokolowski’s Slice of Life post this past Tuesday?  She crafted a poem that was a tribute to a dear family-friend, Vel, who passed away.  Crafting the poem was a… Continue reading

Informational Writing that Dazzles + a Giveaway

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A couple months back I promised to be more intentional about finding nonfiction picture books to recommend as mentor texts for writing workshop.  I’ve been looking at a lot of informational texts in… Continue reading

Talking Writing with Tatyana Feeney

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Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket is one of my favorite new picture books, which I blogged about last week.  The main character is adorable.  He acts just like a little kid, but he’s a… Continue reading

My WordFest Mentor Text Stack Is Growing!

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I’ve been tinkering around with the picture books I’m going to bring when I speak at WordFest later this month.  My presentation focuses on using recently published picture books as mentor texts to… Continue reading

Craft Tables for You — Part III of III

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This week I’m sharing the Happy Like Soccer craft table my graduate students created.  My students worked in partnerships to flesh out explanations for craft moves they identified in Maribeth Boelts’s book on… Continue reading

Chatting with Leigh Hodgkinson + a Giveaway

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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved books about bears.  Therefore, when I picked up Goldilocks and Just One Bear, which feels like the sequel to “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,”… Continue reading

Craft Tables for You — Part II of III

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This is the second in a series of three posts that include craft tables you can download for use during your conferences or strategy lessons.  If you missed last week’s post, which talked… Continue reading

Annie and Helen Blog Tour

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I spent a lot of time reading biographies of prominent Americans when I was in third grade.  The biography I liked most was that of Helen Keller.  I admired her determination and courage. … Continue reading

Craft Tables for You — Part I of III

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Craft tables are a way to organize one’s thinking about a books teachers will be use as a mentor text.  Since a good deal of the mentor text work we do with students… Continue reading