Cassandra Peterson 9/10/15 Section C
3. specific goals
4. word processing
5. understanding sentence combinations
7. inquiry writing activity
8. using a processed writing approach
9. models - mentor text can be a model
10. writing to learn content
Why Should I use a Mentor Text?
- Mentor texts are a form of models for student because the allow students to see how an author constructed language and structure to create a message and how these elements benefit a text.
- They can benefit the student and the teacher because the student can physically see what is expected of them.
- It allows the student to become a better writer because they are reading published writing and using similar structure and language within their writing.
- It allows teachers to feel more comfortable teaching writing because they are able to show the students professional quality work and have students create similar pieces.
Principles for using Mentor Text
- picture books
- tone, length and style should be similar to what student will produce
2.Thing to noice
- Structure- order of information(flow), how do you get from beginning to end, helps us understand how information is presented
- Word Choice- how does the author communicate their point of bias, makes writing clear and compelling, can help convey a point,
- Teacher models "things to notice" in a text till students grasp understanding of how to do it.
- relate to how they can use it in their own work
Can I Use Mentor Text In Other Content Areas
When writing a mentor text students need to include:
- Introduce topic to audience
- make sure structure is logical so it builds or narrows to a topic
- include: facts, definitions, concrete details, quotes, and any other relevant information
Ways to use mentor text in social studies & science include:
- short research projects
- historical events
- biographical sketch
- explore or pursue a topic
- stance/opinion on a topic
- creating certain feelings about a topic
Ms. Peterson's Opinion
2. What is structure and what are different ways you could organize a text to have good structure?
3. How could you adapt a mentor text for an ELL student or a student with an academic disability in your classroom?