Writing with Mentors (Video)

When learning how to write well, there is nothing more powerful than examining the work of the writers we admire. Real writers need mentors—those writers who inspire us and demonstrate through their style and craft how we, too, can be successful writers.

In Writing with Mentors, Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli, authors of Mentor Texts and Nonfiction Mentor Texts, take us inside two Pennsylvania classrooms and show us how we can use children's literature effectively to teach both informational and narrative writing.

Description

When learning how to write well, there is nothing more powerful than examining the work of the writers we admire. Real writers need mentors—those writers who inspire us and demonstrate through their style and craft how we, too, can be successful writers.

In Writing with Mentors, Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli, authors of Mentor Texts and Nonfiction Mentor Texts, take us inside two Pennsylvania classrooms and show us how we can use children's literature effec...read more

About the Author(s)

Lynne Dorfman is a co-director for the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project where she serves on the blog team.

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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

Disc 1: Teaching Informational Writing with Mentor Texts

  • Why Teach with Mentor Texts? 0:37-2:33 (1:56)
  • Day 1: Teaching the “Sharing a Secret” Lead
  • Setting a Purpose and Making Discoveries 2:34-12:13 (9:39)
  • Brainstorming 12:14-19:02 (6:48)
  • Modeling 19:04-21:00 (1:56)
  • Shared Writing 21:01-29:13 (8:12)
  • Independent Writing 29:14-38:36 (9:22)
  • Day 1 Debrief 38:38-48:55 (10:17)
  • Day 2: Teaching the “Sharing a Secret” Lead
  • Recapping the Lesson 49:03-57:23 (8:20)
  • Making a Transition: Using the Lead for a New Purpose and Plan 57:25-1:16:30 (9:05)
  • Applying the Lesson to Individual Work: Brainstorming with a T-Chart and Oral Rehearsal 1:16:35-1:29:48 (13:13)
  • Transitioning into Independent Writing and Whole-Group Share 1:29:50-1:34:35 (4:45)
  • Final Reflections: A Writing Community at Work 1:34:36-1:42:17 (7:41)

Disc 2: Teaching Narrative Writing with Mentor Texts

  • How Do We Choose Mentor Texts for Our Students? 0:39-3:57 (3:18)
  • Day 1: Creating Rich Descriptions in Narrative Writing
  • Introducing the Lesson: Setting the Purpose and Making Discoveries 3:58-15:38 (12:40)
  • Brainstorming: Finding a Focus 15:39-19:49 (4:10)
  • Modeling the Lesson 19:50-27:20 (8:30)
  • Shared Writing Through Guided Conversations 27:21-31:10 (3:49)
  • Independent Writing: Small-Group Conferences Move Writers Forward 31:11-37:27 (6:16)
  • One-on-One Conferences 37:28-43:57 (6:29)
  • Group Share 44:01-47:45 (3:44)
  • Day 1 Debrief 47:46-52:58 (5:12)
  • Day 2: Creating Rich Descriptions in Narrative Writing
  • Recapping the Lesson 53:00-1:01:07 (8:07)
  • Sharing in Whole Group: Guided Conversations That Lead to Revision 1:01:10-1:19:34 (18:24)
  • Reflecting on the Lesson 1:19:35-1:33:51 (14:16)

Product Details

Grade Range: K-6
Year: 2010

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