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Those Shoes: The Mentor Text Teaching Document

I worked on the Reading-Writing Connections Document for Those Shoes until 12:30 a.m. Here are two examples of the way I set it up: Craft MovePage Number(s)Why the Author Might Be Doing This…Varied Sentence LengthsPgs. 2, 15 & 30One thing writers do is vary the lengths of their sentences when they write. If an author… Continue reading Those Shoes: The Mentor Text Teaching Document

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The Makings of a TRUE Mentor Text

I realize I'm a bit late to the "Those Shoes Party," which is a touching text written by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Those Shoes was published in 2007 and is the story of a little boy who desperately wants the shoes that nearly everyone else in school has. The catch? His… Continue reading The Makings of a TRUE Mentor Text

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It teaches precise details… AND it’s missing!

My copy of When It's the Last Day of School by Maribeth Boelts is missing. With the end of the school year being tomorrow, I'm a bit frantic about finding it. I'm sure it's at school, in my picture book bookshelf filed under "B" for "Boelts," however, I'm not 100% sure. Last year, when I… Continue reading It teaches precise details… AND it’s missing!