This week at Two Writing Teachers will be sharing ideas about teaching writing with mentor texts: from published books, to student work, digital media, to teacher-created texts. This blog series will inspire you to dive in and find the perfect texts to learn from with your students.
The books featured in this post, all of which were published in 2015, represent a variety of information writing. All of these are texts that can pull double- and even triple-duty in your classroom, thereby allowing you to use a text during read-aloud time so you can revisit it during a writing workshop minlesson and/or in a content area.
I’ve long believed teacher-written texts can serve as excellent mentor texts during a unit of study. While I’m a huge advocate of student-written mentor texts, sometimes student writing doesn’t have … Continue Reading Teacher-Written Mentor Texts: Diving into Information Writing
Notes from the TCRWP workshop with Carl Anderson: Writing With Mentor Texts — Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week
It is Throwback Week on Two Writing Teachers! Revisit this post from Tara on analyzing mentor texts in your classroom.
As a writing teacher, I am always on the lookout for rich and varied mentor texts to share with my students as we work our way through genres and, more importantly, try to live writerly lives…
Two elements form the very heart of every conference: the student, and the mentor text I can use to nudge her writing piece forward. …
I knew I’d learn something fabulous about the use of mentor texts in writing workshop at Carl Anderson’s session during TCRWP’s March Saturday Reunion…
I’ve always been a diary and letter person. I have loads of journals from my childhood and post-college years. To this day, I relish letters I saved from my childhood … Continue Reading Two New Mentor Texts I Adore + Book Giveaways
Assuming that children understand the elements of a story is assuming too much. These elements must be taught if they are meant to be used in the writing process.
Do you have students who claim they don’t know what to write about in their writer’s notebooks? Here are 10 new picture books to inspire them to write.
We are moving from our researching phase into our first draft phase in writing workshop – and my sixth graders are beginning to experience the inevitable struggle of transforming their … Continue Reading Laying a strong foundation for writing nonfiction through mentor texts
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. … Continue Reading Mentor Texts and Journal Articles and Professional Books… Oh My!
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 … Continue Reading Great Mentor Texts for Teachers
I’m excited to share this with you. It was one of those times when things just worked out in writing workshop. In one of the third grade classes studying reviews, … Continue Reading Review Mentor Texts
Last week I received an e-mail from Lynne Dorfman, co-author of Mentor Texts and Nonfiction Mentor Texts (Stenhouse). She let me know she and Rose Cappelli set up a website … Continue Reading Mentor Texts with Lynne & Rose
A record number of people left comments about Ralph Fletcher and his new book Mentor Author, Mentor Texts: Short Texts, Craft Notes, and Practical Classroom Uses (Heinemann, 2011). A special … Continue Reading And the Winner of Mentor Author, Mentor Texts is…
I was recently offered a position as an adjunct professor starting in 2012. I will be teaching a graduate course about using children’s literature to teach writing. As I prepare … Continue Reading New Thinking About Mentor Texts + a Giveaway
When we think of using mentor texts when teaching writing workshop, often our first thought is to use them at the beginning of a unit of study so students can … Continue Reading Mentor Texts in the Midst of Writing
Every now and then I’d pick a dud-of-a-book to read aloud. However, more often than not, my students loved the books I read aloud and subsequently used as touchstone texts. … Continue Reading Mentor Texts That Keep Students’ Interest
I’m not recommending a children’s book you can use in your classroom today. Instead, I have something better. It’s a professional book about children’s books that every writing teacher needs … Continue Reading A New Source for Finding Mentor Texts