Mentor Texts to Teach Writing Standards

Mar 16, 2014

I am excited to be linking up with Carla (and Emily) from The Reading Tutor/OG.  It is Mentor Monday.
This week it is all about mentor text to support writing.  This is totally, completely, EXACTLY what Maria does ( in her writing class.  She really helps our firsties to analyze the writer's craft.  She uses author studies to teach writing.  And it is pretty amazing to watch.  Here are some examples:
Author study of Mo Willems to teach narrative writing
Fancy Nancy book study to teach how-to writing
Informational Texts--this year we used leveled readers to help our students analyze the types of questions/answers that writer's use.  This was really effective.  We created a chart to help them organize all this learning.
 Currently, our firsties are doing research on individually chosen animals.  They are using leveled readers, National Geographics, and PebbleGo to do their research.  They are really engaged and interested in this writing.  We look forward to sharing it with you!


  1. What a nice group of writing ideas! I tried to follow you by FB but the link on your buttons doesn't!
    Burke's Special Kids

    1. We are so excited that you are following us! I am sorry about the link. I know exactly what happened and I will fix it! Thanks for letting me know!

  2. What great ideas for writing instruction! Thanks for sharing. :)
    Read With Me ABC

    1. Thanks so much Wendy!! We are lucky to have so much time to teach writing each day. We love it!

  3. I'm not sure when I started reading your post last year, but I totally missed all of the Fancy Nancy posts. I'm glad you referred back to it so I could read it all. I love the writing rubric, do you guys still use it or was that only for Fancy Nancy. It would be kind of cool to have the kids help you make the rubric to go along with each mentor text you use (that is after they get an understanding of what is expected of them). When I get some time I need to go back and do some more reading. : )
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher


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