It's all about the right book at the right time, given to the right student or used in the right lesson . . . Here is where we gather all those suggestions from our contributors for using mentor texts, including lesson protocols and scores of video examples.
If you’re spending some time sifting through new books and thinking about teaching with them, you’ll enjoy this podcast withÂ Ralph Fletcher.
Gigi McAllister uses picture books to strengthen her fourth grade classroom community.
Katie Doherty finds read alouds are a valuable tool for developing middle school writers.
Katie DiCesare suggests some mentor texts for fostering curiosity in young readers.
Kim Yaris and Jan Burkins conclude their series on integrating children’s literature and mindful teaching.
Mary Helen Gensch concludes her series on crafting your own minilessons with tips on organizing and storing your plans.
This is the second installment in our new series on creating your own writer’s craft minilessons.
Mary Helen Gensch explains how to find craft lessons in beloved children’s books. She uses a mentor text with an engaging main character to describe the process. This is the first installment in a three-part series.
Tony Keefer takes the leap and commits to sharing more of his writing process with students.
Katie DiCesare has suggestions for books to support an illustration unit early in the year.
Katie DiCesare’s favorite beginning unit with first graders focuses on illustration.
Cathy Laker uses her own writing as a mentor text with her second-grade students to demonstrate options for endings.
Tony Keefer uses his writing as a mentor text in this fourth-grade minilesson on manipulating time in personal narratives.
Ruth Ayres confers with second grader Max about the drama of losing his dog, and the value of using two-page spreads to tell a story.
Gretchen Schroeder continues her Shakespeare and the Common Core series on teaching the classics in high school, explaining how she uses Hamlet in creative ways to teach close reading strategies.
Katie DiCesare confers with first grader Jack, using rereading to help him rethink the title of his story and possibilities for revision.
Karen Terlecky explains how she designs instruction and uses mentor texts to teach theme, and includes a video example of a minilesson.
The November installment of Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller’s yearlong literacy contract series has a theme of family and memoir.
Shark vs. Train! Fork vs. Spoon! Versus stories are incredibly popular in writing workshops these days. Cathy Mere found herself struggling to teach narrative conventions to students writing versus tales, so she created a booklist of mentor texts.
Students are given a nonfiction text to mark up during a close reading with a partner in this video from Andrea Smith’s fourth-grade classroom.
One goal of many primary teachers is to help students finish their drafts with an ending other than “The End” (or “they lived happily ever after”). Katie DiCesare shows her first graders many alternative examples, and she begins early in the year.
Katie DiCesare reads aloud Sergio Saves the Day to her first graders as part of a unit on understanding literary characters.
Karen Terlecky writes about the importance of building understanding before more complex read alouds.
Heather Rader discovers subheadings are a neglected but useful tool for teaching students about key topics in their writing.
Beth Lawson models her process as a writer for her fourth-grade students, describing her emotions as well as creating a draft.
Shari Frost describes how a sixth-grade teacher provides a range of poetry options to meet the needs of all students.
Sean Moore uses the poem “The Busy Ant” for partner work and discussion of fluency and vocabulary with his second graders.
Katie DiCesare’s first graders reread a favorite text in pairs to work on noticing the details of writer’s craft.
This is the final installment in Heather Rader's series on argument and opinion writing in the intermediate grades.
In this first video from a four-part series, Sean Moore leads a writing workshop focused on adding more details and descriptive language to writing. He begins with the classic Charlotte’s Web as his mentor text.
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