Writer’s Workshop has taken over my school and my district and I’M LOVIN’ IT! This soooo fits the way I teach and it is just thrilling to be able to use great mentor texts to model the best in writing.
I’ve decided that I’m going to set the bar high for myself and try to get in ONE BLOG PER WEEK on great mentor texts. (Ok…that’s a pretty high bar and I’m pretty out-of-shape when it comes to blogging…I’ll admit I’m a slacker! But I’ll give this a go and see where this goal leads me!)
So…enough pontificating…I’m ready to share!
- Idea generating: Every house and school has rules. Heck…if I blow up a balloon at home and start batting it around with my son, we have a well-developed list of rules in a matter of seconds! I have my students write a list of things they aren’t allowed to do. My favorite? “I’m not allowed to pee on my sister’s toothbrush anymore.” TMI 🙂
- Capitalization: The authors take a little bit of liberty with capitalization. My kids catch these “errors” quickly and a quick and necessary mini-lesson on mechanics is born!
- Show, don’t tell: “I had an idea to give my brother the gift of cauliflower.” “I’m not allowed to give the gift of cauliflower anymore.” The pictures in this book are worth a thousand words. How can we “paint” a picture using words and not drawings or graphics?
Update for April 9, 2013: I went back to this mentor text and linked it up with the gals over at Collaboration Cuties…check out some other great mentor texts that others have shared!