Author's Syntax

Using Mentor Text to Improve Student Writing Craft

What is Mentor Text

*Texts from all genres


  • Speeches
  • Poems
  • Journals
  • Well-written student work
  • Biographies, etc.


*Small, targeted excerpts

*Used to demonstrate a particular craft

*Gives struggling readers/writers a concrete model

*Motivation for students

*Taps the student's creative side

*Shows non-formulaic writing

*Encourages students to take risks

*Is to be studied and imitated

*Makes powerful connections to their writings

*Short enough to be read in one reading

*Opportunity to infuse diverse cultures