Using Mentor Texts in Writing
Erin M. Meyer, Section B/C, Sept. 10, 2015
Pytash, K., & Morgan, D. (2014). Using Mentor Texts to Teach Writing in Science and Social Studies. The Reading Teacher, 93-102.
What are Mentor Texts?
The purpose is to expose students to genres and writing practices using masterful examples. Using this strategy, students are able to use language as a structure for their craft of writing a text.
When to Use Mentor Texts?
Guiding Principles for Implimentation
- picture books
- "Teachers should seek out strong examples of the very writing their students will be doing."
2. Engaging in Active Noticing
- Structure - the way the author has put text together
- Ways with Words - the way the author uses language and writing techniques to inform the reader and makes different points.
"When students encounter difficulty in their writing, they can return to the texts to study how the author dealt with that specific issue."
3. Levels of Support
- mentor text authors can serve as co-teachers
Brochures over content - travel
Have you used mentor texts and were not sure of what they were?
How can you apply a children's book as a mentor text?