Using Mentor Texts in Writing
Lizzet Ibarra- Section B- September 10, 2015
What are mentor texts?
Mentor texts are usually implemented across different content ares, in this case; science and social studies.
" For students, studying mentor texts provides an opportunity to learn firsthand from other writers, to become aware of the multiple decisions writers make in crafting their texts" (95).
Where to use mentor texts (in content areas)
- Writing informative texts
- Writing Narratives
Three Guiding Principles
Can find examples in kids magazines, picture books, past student work
Select about 4-6 various text examples
Make sure the texts are similar in tone, style, and length
2. Active Noticing
"Reading like a writer"
Pay attention to the structure of the text: beginning, middle, end
Also pay attention to the language of the text: vocab, word choice, tone, voice
Focus more on the "how" than the "what"
3. Levels of Support
At first, teacher should initiate and lead the discussion
Teacher then slowly gives the students more and more responsibility
2. How are mentor texts more beneficial than verbal instruction?
3. What are potential challenges that could arise from using mentor texts in the classroom?