Category Archive: mentor texts

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

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