... these texts and the authors behind them quickly turned into a full-on love affair when we realized all that they enable . . . Mentor texts enable all of us—teachers and students alike—to do far more than we could ever do on our own.
Author: Lynne R. Dorfman
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
It's been a decade since Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli wrote the first edition of Mentor Texts and helped teachers across the country make the most of high-quality children's literature in their writing instruction. In the second edition of this important book Lynne and Rose show teachers how to help students become confident, accomplished writers by using literature as their foundation. The second edition includes brand-new "Your Turn Lessons," built around the gradual release of responsibility model, offering suggestions for demonstrations and shared or guided writing. Reflection is emphasized as a necessary component to understanding why mentor authors chose certain strategies, literary devices, sentence structures, and words. Lynne and Rose offer new children's book titles in each chapter and in a carefully curated and annotated Treasure Chest. At the end of each chapter a "Think About It--Talk About It--Write About It" section invites reflection and conversation with colleagues. The book is organized around the characteristics of good writing--focus, content, organization, style, and conventions. Rose and Lynne write in a friendly and conversational style, employing numerous anecdotes to help teachers visualize the process, and offer strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. This practical resource demonstrates the power of learning to read like writers.
Kristo and Bamford (2004) urge teachers to use mentor texts over and over again throughout the day in all types of reading and writing lesson formats. Doing so will give students opportunities to learn firsthand how an author crafts ...
Author: Lynne R. Dorfman
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Guides teachers through a variety of projects, samples, and classroom anecdotes that demonstrate how teachers can help students become more effective writers of good nonfiction.
MENTOR. TEXT. MULTITASKING. “At the end of the day, programs and pedagogies don't teach, teachers do” (McGee, 2017, ... might choose a particular text and what could be taught with these texts, the emphasis was clearly on mentor texts.
Author: Pamela Koutrakos
Publisher: Corwin Press
Streamline literacy learning with power-packed children’s books Two of the most common challenges educators face is lack of time and resources. In Mentor Texts That Multitask, Pam Koutrakos shows how to streamline literacy instruction by using a single mentor text to teach reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, speaking, and listening. When you integrate literacy instruction this way, concepts start to come together more clearly for children – and teachers save time and expense. This user-friendly resource is packed with ready-to-go lessons and tools to create, plan, and teach using multitasking texts. The lessons and accompanying ideas can jumpstart learning in the classroom by integrating and connecting literacy concepts in time-efficient ways. Resources include Full lessons centered on high-quality children’s literature to take the guesswork out of planning A DIY section to help teachers plan and teach lessons around other favorite texts Dozens of student and classroom examples to show you what’s possible Printables available online to help with immediate implementation. Designed to help teachers build a more inclusive classroom library and instructional practice, this guide highlights texts that represent and celebrate a multitude of characters and topics.
Each chapter includes mentor texts that the teacher can read aloud (or have students read independently) to get a general idea of what the text says—a basic understanding of the author's message . Next, we discuss the close reading of ...
Author: Mary McMackin
Publisher: Teacher Created Materials
Students must study what accomplished authors have written and practice the styles, approaches, or methods they employ in order to become proficient writers. The practical, standards-based book dives deeply into the genres of poetry, narrative fiction, narrative nonfiction, informative/explanatory, and opinion/argument. Using close reading of mentor texts, analysis of specific writing strategies in those texts, and the application of those strategies in the student's own writing, students will be equipped for any type of writing.
using Mentor Texts Mentor texts have been a powerful tool for teaching students about the craft of writing (Dorfman & Cappelli, 2007; Ray, 2006). Dorfman and Cappelli (2007) define mentor texts as “pieces of literature that we can ...
Author: Shelley Hong Xu
Publisher: Guilford Press
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Grounded in research and practical expertise, this volume helps K?6 teachers skillfully support all of their English language learners (ELLs)?from a single student to an entire classroom. Ideas for teaching ELLs across different grade and proficiency levels include ways to link instruction to students? lived experiences, use a variety of motivating print and electronic texts and materials, engage families, and conduct effective assessments. Chapters are packed with tools and activities for promoting ELLs? development in oral language, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and grammar. Handy reproducibles and ?Voice from the Classroom? teacher vignettes enhance the utility of the book.
Mentor Texts for Teaching the Craft of Writing Many of the books listed here as mentor texts are on multiple lists and can be used to teach various aspects of writing craft. A good book goes a long way. I encourage teachers to find a ...
Author: Jennifer Allen
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Becoming a Literacy Leader chronicles the work of Jennifer Allen, an elementary teacher who moved to a new school and a new job as a literacy specialist, and found herself tackling everything from teacher study groups to state-mandated assessment plans. The book is rooted in Jennifer's belief that teachers know what they need when it comes to professional development in literacy, and the best literacy leaders are those who listen to and respect the educators in their midst. Grounded in research but thoroughly practical, Jennifer shares advice on: organizing a literacy room with resources for classroom teachers, including book lists, bins of children's books tied to craft and strategy lessons, bulletin board ideas, and files with instructional materials; developing intervention classrooms for struggling readers and writers built on collaboration between teachers and literacy specialists; setting up assessment notebooks for teachers, and preparing new and veteran teachers for student assessments across grades; creating model programs for dealing with schoolwide problems like reading fluency, and then moving from the pilot to implementation in many classrooms; coaching new and veteran teachers in the latest literacy practices, without taking on the role of expert; analyzing and using books, videos and journals in professional development programs; infusing routine staff meetings with discussions of new literacy curricula; leading teacher study groups using a variety of formats; finding and budgeting money for professional development programs in literacy; protecting time and scheduling priorities, to ensure the literacy specialist position doesn't become a "catch-all" for the random needs of teachers or administrators. At a time when all administrators are urged to be literacy leaders, this insider's view helps to define what leadership looks like and shows how to create an environment that fosters professional development. Jennifer Allen shares the balance leaders struggle with, as they strive to support and honor the fine practices of teachers, even as they nudge colleagues to improve their literacy instruction. Ultimately, Becoming a Literacy Leader is a hopeful book, an optimistic and realistic portrait of life in schools among teachers committed to doing their jobs well.
Teach students to say why they made some of the punctuation choices they did , and how certain mentor poets informed their decisions . Mentor and Touchstone Texts Mentor texts refer to single books , poems , or an author's larger work ...
Author: Janet Angelillo
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
A guide to teaching students to use punctuation correctly and effectively through a program of extensive reading and writing.
Mentor, or touchstone texts, can be a powerful tool for teaching writing to children. Mentor texts refer to texts that are read and reread for a variety of purposes, and are studied and imitated in children's own writing (Dorfman ...
Author: Lynn Atkinson Smolen
All students need access to books in which they can see themselves--not just their physical appearance, but their culture and language, as well. "Multicultural Literature and Response: Affirming Diverse Voices" was written to help teachers and librarians find and use the best multicultural books in the service of reading comprehension and more. Underscoring the necessity of selecting quality literature that authentically, sensitively, and accurately portrays different groups, the book defines multicultural literature and provides a strong argument for its importance in schools and libraries. Expert contributors guide users to multicultural authors and illustrators who portrays U.S. ethnic and cultural groups, and they suggest ways to integrate this literature with writing, fluency development, storytelling, and audiovisuals. Extensive lists of books and websites that feature multicultural literature, as well as of authors, illustrators, and publishers of multicultural literature, make it easy to include such works in programs across the curriculum.
There are students who do this innately; the majority of our students need to have their eyes opened to author«s craft. A wonderful world of writing mentors awaits them! A mentor text is any text from which a student can learn a writing ...
Author: Lori G. Wilfong
Learn the ten keys to effective writing instruction! In this dynamic book, bestselling author Lori G. Wilfong takes you through today’s best practices for teaching writing and how to implement them in the classroom. She also points out practices that should be avoided, helping you figure out how to update your teaching so that all students can reach success. You’ll discover how to... Make sure students have enough work in a genre before you assign writing Develop thoughtful, short writing prompts that are "infinite" and not finite Have students read and learn from master authors in the genre they are writing Create a writing community so that writing is not an isolated activity Use anchor charts and minilessons, along with rubrics and checklists Implement revising strategies, not just editing strategies, taught in context Use conferencing to grow students as thoughtful, reflective writers Let narratives be personal and creative, focusing on details and imagery Let informational writing explore a topic creatively and in depth Let argument writing be situated in real-world application and not be limited to one-sided, "what-if" debates Every chapter begins with an engaging scenario, includes the "why" behind the practice and how it connects to the Common Core, and clearly describes how implement the strategy. The book also contains tons of handy templates that you can reproduce and use in your own classroom. You can photocopy these templates or download them from our website at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138812444.
Mentor Texts Mentor texts can serve as a vehicle in the development of success criteria. A mentor text can be any piece of writing that clearly demonstrates the high levels of success in the skills that we are striving to develop in our ...