Mentor Texts

Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6

How do children's book authors create the wonder that we feel when reading our favorite books? What can students and teachers learn from these authors and books if we let them serve as writing mentors? In Mentor Texts, Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli show teachers how to help students become confident, accomplished writers, using literature as their foundation.

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How do children's book authors create the wonder that we feel when reading our favorite books? What can students and teachers learn from these authors and books if we let them serve as writing mentors? In Mentor Texts, Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli show teachers how to help students become confident, accomplished writers, using literature as their foundation.

The book is organized around the characteristics of good writing—focus, content, organization, style, and conventions...read more

About the Author(s)

Rose comes from a family of musicians and teachers, both of which have greatly influenced her life. A volunteer job in high school led her to pursue work with hearing and language impaired children.

Lynne, a native of Philadelphia, received her bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education, her supervisory certificate in elementary education, her reading specialist certificate from LaSalle University, and her educational leadership doctorate degree from Immaculata University.

Table of Contents

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  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Reinventing the Writer with Mentor Texts
  • 2. Digging for Treasure: Discovering Personal Stories by Connecting with Read-Alouds
  • 3. What Are You Really Writing About? Discovering the Inside Story
  • 4. When Writers Use a Magnifying Lens
  • 5. Creating Powerful Beginnings and Satisfying Endings
  • 6. Using Scaffolds to Organize Texts
  • 7. Poetry: Everybody Can Be a Writer
  • 8. Choice, Voice, and All That Jazz
  • 9. Walk Around the Author's Syntax
  • 10. A Treasure Chest of Books
  • Afterword
  • References

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Grade Range: K-6

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