Mentor Texts, Second Edition

Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6

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.

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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 of 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.

Mentor Texts is like having a literature expert and master teacher at your side all year long. Enjoy it, mark it up, make it your friend. You and your students will be energized and motivated as you savor richly constructed mentor texts and connect them to amazing writing opportunities.

Linda Hoyt

About the Author(s)

Lynne has 38 years of classroom experience and served as a literacy coach as well as a reading specialist and staff developer for her school district. She is a co-director of the PA Writing & Literature Project and an editor for PAReads: The Journal of Keystone State Literacy Association.

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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.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Linda Hoyt
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction to the Second Edition
  • Chapter 1: Reinventing the Writer with Mentor Texts
  • Chapter 2: Digging for Treasure: Discovering Personal Stories by Connecting with Literature
  • Chapter 3: What Are You Really Writing About? Discovering the Inside Story
  • Chapter 4: When Writers Use a Magnifying Lens
  • Chapter 5: Growing a Narrative from Beginning to End
  • Chapter 6: Using Scaffolds to Organize Texts
  • Chapter 7: Poetry: Everybody Can Be a Writer
  • Chapter 8: Choice, Voice, and All That Jazz
  • Chapter 9: Walk Around in the Author's Syntax
  • Chapter 10: A Treasure Chest of Books

 

 

Product Details

Grade Range: K-6
Media: 382 pp/paper
Year: 2017
Item No: 1131Item No: 1132Item No: 1B31
ISBN: 978-1-62531-131-3ISBN: 978-1-62531-132-0ISBN: 978-1-6253B-132-0
Hashtag: #MentorTextsBook

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