Nonfiction Mentor Texts

Teaching Informational Writing Through Children's Literature, K-8

In their first book, Mentor Texts, Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli demonstrated how teachers can use children's literature to guide and inspire student writers of narrative fiction and poetry. Now, they have turned their focus to nonfiction, identifying a wide range of mentor texts and showing how these models illustrate the key features of good writing.

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In their first book, Mentor Texts, Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli demonstrated how teachers can use children's literature to guide and inspire student writers of narrative fiction and poetry. Now, they have turned their focus to nonfiction, identifying a wide range of mentor texts and showing how these models illustrate the key features of good writing.

Lynne and Rose guide teachers through a variety of projects, samples, and classroom anecdotes that demonstrate how teachers ...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
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: The Value of Nonfiction: Imagining the Possibilities
Chapter 2: Establishing the Topic and Point
Chapter 3: Building Content
Chapter 4: Introductions and Conclusions
Chapter 5: Writing to Persuade
Chapter 6: Nonfiction Writing in the Real World (and Other Interesting Formats to Engage Student Writers)
Chapter 7: Voice, Syntax, and Conventions in Nonfiction
Chapter 8: A Treasure Chest of Books
Afterword
References
Index

Product Details

Grade Range: K-8
Media: 304 pp/paper
Year: 2009
Item No: WEB-0496
ISBN: 978-157110-496-0

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