Hey, smart educators! I’m hoping you might have something to share with me. I took part in an awesome #TMchat guest-hosted by Carol Varsalona Sunday night all about mentor texts, which gave me some great resources. I especially wanted to attend the chat because in February, I’ll be presenting to teachers and pre-service teachers about using nonfiction picture books as mentor texts for students’ informational writing projects. I have a few examples already (including my own Can Be… books and Joyce Sidman’s poetry/prose books), but I’d like to give them a handout with several more. Can you help?
I’m looking for something more than “[X] is a good book to use with persuasive writing.” It doesn’t have to be a huge, involved project, though–I’ve kind of got those covered:>) It could be something as simple as, “We read [X] and then used its opening as a model for writing introductions to our reports about [Y].” Even better would be a link to specific materials used with students. Not just a teaching guide, I mean, but actual directions for a specific nonfiction/informational writing activity using skills developed through studying a mentor text that is a particular nonfiction picture book. (Those directions might, of course, be part of a teaching guide, or they might be completely separate, teacher-created materials.) And then some examples of student work or materials created to make this happen would be awesome.
Please leave me a Comment if you have a blog post that shares a specific mentor text activity using nonfiction picture books as mentor texts to strengthen students informational writing. Thank you so much!