Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6

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Stenhouse Publishers, 2017 - Children's literature - 368 pages
In their first edition of Mentor Texts, authors Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli helped teachers across the country make the most of high-quality children's literature in their writing instruction. In Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6, 2nd Edition the authors continue to show teachers how to help students become confident, accomplished writers by using literature as their foundation.

The second edition includes brand-new "Your Turn Lessons," built around the gradual release of responsibility model, offering suggestions for demonstrations and shared or guided writing. Reflection is emphasized as a necessary component to understanding why mentor authors chose certain strategies, literary devices, sentence structures, and words. Dorfman and Cappelli offer new children's book titles in each chapter and in a carefully curated and annotated Treasure Chest. At the end of each chapter a "Think About It--Talk About It--Write About It" section invites reflection and conversation with colleagues.

The book is organized around the characteristics of good writing--focus, content, organization, style, and conventions. The authors write in a friendly and conversational style, employing numerous anecdotes to help teachers visualize the process, and offer strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. This practical resource demonstrates the power of learning to read like writers.


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This is one of the best resources for teaching writing that I have ever purchased. It's very "user friendly" with the "Your Turn" lessons and it's packed with great strategies and plenty of quality ... Read full review


Introduction to the Second Edition
Chapter 1 Reinventing the Writer with Mentor Texts
Discovering Personal Stories by Connecting with Literature
Chapter 3 What Are You Really Writing About? Discovering the Inside Story
Chapter 4 When Writers Use a Magnifying Lens
Chapter 5 Growing a Narrative from Beginning to End
Chapter 6 Using Scaffolds to Organize Texts
Everybody Can Be a Writer
Chapter 8 Choice Voice and All That Jazz
Chapter 9 Walk Around in the Authors Syntax
Chapter 10 A Treasure Chest of Books

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About the author (2017)

Rose Cappelli is an independent literacy consultant. She is active in the Keystone State Reading Association and her local reading council. Lynne R. Dorfman teaches graduate level courses at Arcadia University and works as an independent literacy consultant. She is active in her Alpha Delta Kappa chapter. Both authors also work with the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project at West Chester University and are frequent presenters at conferences and workshops nationwide on literacy related topics.

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