Category Archive: mentor texts

Nonfiction Mentor Text + a Giveaway

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the balance of nonfiction and fiction texts in the classroom lately.  Starting today, I’m making an effort to share more nonfiction picture books you can use as… Continue reading

An Interview with Tad Hills + a Book Giveaway

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Tad Hills’s new book, Rocket Writes a Story, is as touching and well-written as the first Rocket book, Rocket Learned to Read.  This book is sure to become a mentor text in primary writing… Continue reading

Wish Poems

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“Poetry breaks through the skin of suffering in which children are often imprisoned: silent, confused, and scared.  A child’s poetry is an intimate, trusting gift to her parent or to anyone who wishes… Continue reading

Mentor Texts and Journal Articles and Professional Books… Oh My!

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A BIG thank you to the people who graciously responded to the post I wrote in March when I was compiling the book list for the graduate course I’m teaching.  The titles you… Continue reading

Q&A with Patricia Polacco + a Giveaway

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Patricia Polacco has long been one of my favorite children’s authors. I’ve led author studies of her works with my former students in both reading and writing workshop. I have used books like… Continue reading

Wow. Just Wow.

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Awhile ago I was a 7th grade language arts teacher. My last year in the classroom I had one of the coolest classes that may have ever been compiled. It was the last… Continue reading

What do you think of this minilesson?

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I’ve been working on a few sample minilessons to give my grad students next month when I start teaching “Children’s Literature in Teaching Writing.”  I’ve been making tweaks to the traditional minilesson structure… Continue reading

An Interview with Maribeth Boelts + a Giveaway of Happy Like Soccer

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Maribeth Boelts will be the visiting author for the graduate course I’m teaching about children’s literature and the teaching of writing this summer.  I’m SO EXCITED to meet her in person since I’ve… Continue reading

A Book About a New Sibling + a Giveaway

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I fell in love with Chloe, instead instantly!  I loved it for many of the same reasons Ruth did.  In addition, as an only child, I love stories of siblings since it allows… Continue reading

Who are your mentors?

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I’ve been preparing for the graduate course, “Children’s Literature in Teaching Writing,”  I’m teaching in June every time my daughter goes down for a nap, heads to sleep, etc.  I read through a… Continue reading

The Book Stack

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I have three gems for you. I. LOVE. These. Books. Love them. Micah Player previously worked for Paul Frank Industries. His illustrations and story are whimsical made me fall in love on the spot. Check… Continue reading

Vote for Me + a Giveaway

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If you’re a political junkie like me, then you love presidential election years.  Seriously, I live for election night coverage… it’s my Super Bowl!  (I’m not kidding.  I have laid in bed late… Continue reading

Great Mentor Texts for Teachers

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Ever feel like you’re forgetting something?  Well, that’s exactly how I have felt this week!  You see, I’ve been hard at work compiling a list of books to have on book carts when… Continue reading

Opinion Writing in Kindergarten

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In one of the kindergarten classrooms I’ve been working in, we’ve been learning: Writers share their opinions. This has been a unit of study inspired by the Common Core State Standards, which place… Continue reading

Experimenting with Leads

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I spent last week doing some prep work for the graduate course I’ll be teaching this summer.  By prepping I mean reading journal articles and rereading Mentor Texts (Stenhouse, 2007) by Lynne Dorfman… Continue reading

Let Their Writing Take Your Breath Away

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Last week I was selecting some student writing to share with participants of the Conferring in Writing Seminar I’m leading at Penn State Harrisburg tomorrow.  I didn’t want to go down to my… Continue reading

Onomatopoeia + a Giveaway

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Trains Go is a new 16 page board book by Steve Light.  It’s a book that helps a child differentiate between the sounds different trains make.  The board book helps readers hear the… Continue reading

Reading Aloud Builds Better Writers

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I’m consulting in a local school today where I’ve been working with the staff since August rolling-out interactive read aloud.  Every two months the interactive read aloud text set reflects a particular social… Continue reading

Another Way to Launch a Review Unit

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Yesterday in Mr. Gause’s third grade class, some incredible thinking was happening. This week we launched into reviews. Earlier in the week, he asked students to test different toy cars and then select… Continue reading

A Princess Saves A Prince + A Giveaway

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One of the moms I met this past year coined a phrase I love.  She says, “We do pink, but we don’t do princess.”  If you’ve read some of my other posts about… Continue reading