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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! I LOVE you all! I can not imagine working with a more passionate, dedicated and FUN group of people!

I know that writing instruction is a hot topic in our schools right now, so I gathered some great blog posts from the Two Writing Teachers to share with you, as well as some new mentor texts and professional books. I highly recommend you check out their blog post series on mentor texts! There's something for every grade level!

As the school year winds down (and our stress level winds up!), let me know if there is anything I can do to help!

Happy Reading!


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I am a HUGE fan of the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems! If you teach grades K-2, this is a must-have collection of books! The Thank You Book is the 25th and last book in the series. Let me know if you would like to check it out. I love this book!

Check out for adorable Elephant and Piggie printables and activities. May is #ThankORama month so here is my thank you to all of you!

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I highly recommend that you take the time to check out the Two Writing Teachers blog, especially this week!

Their blog series this week includes posts each day about the use of mentor texts!

Primary teachers may want to check out this post about Engaging with PreSchool Writers.

Protecting Writing Time

Reading Mentor Texts Like a Writer

Student Written Mentor Texts

How to Choose and Mine Mentor Texts for Craft Moves

These posts about writing mentor texts will continue until Monday, May 9th! There is also a giveaway of Stacey Shubitz's new book, Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts, through the blog! Check it out!

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Have you checked out these mentor texts?

Writing Mentor Text Recommendations, K-2

Kindergarten Mentor Texts

Good Dog Carl, Library Mouse, Scaredy Squirrel, It Looked Like Spilled Milk, Ducks, Yo! Yes?, Do's and Don'ts, When I was Little, When I was Five, Kids Poems: Teaching Kindergartners to Love Writing Poetry, The Hello Goodbye Window, Bunny Cakes, Chimpanzees Living in Communities, My Steps

1st Grade Mentor Texts

A Chair for My Mother, Sumi's Frst Day of School Ever, Kissing Hand, Owl Moon, Koala Lou, John Willy and Freddy McGee, Kids Poems: Teaching 1st graders to Love Writing Poetry, Shortcuts, Knufflebunny, Seahorses, Too Many Tamales, Alexander and the No Good, Very Bad Day

2nd Grade Mentor Texts

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, Fireflies, Marianthe's Story, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Piggie Pie, Amazing Grace, Wolves, Bat Loves the Night, The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry, Cook-a-Doodle-Doo, Chicks & Salsa, If I Build a Car.
More great mentor text recommendations!

Outstanding mentor texts to support the 6 Traits of Writing!

New Professional Books

Let me know if you would like to check out any of these titles!

Shelly Moody

Instructional Coach, K-5

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School