Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mentor Texts for Writing

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I am currently taking the most wonderful Masters Class-Writing in the Primary Grades.  This class focuses on The Writers Workshop and really utilizes a lot of Lucy Calkins Units of Study.  It has been powerful so far, to say the least.  As many of you know, I have been using Writers Workshop for the last two years in my classroom, but I had never been “officially” trained in it.  I read multiple books, took a balanced literature class that touched on it, but never an official traininguntil now!

One of our assignments this summer was to read a professional book and present to the class one of the chapters.  One area that I wanted to just know more about was beginnings and endings.  I read the book, “Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children’s Literature, K-6” by Lynne R. Dorfman and Rose Cappelli.   

This book really explores the importance of using literature and mentor texts to show students the experts using the craft you are teaching.  Chapter 5 focuses on Beginnings and Endings.  This is a MUST-HAVE book!!!

Here are a few of my “notes” for my presentation with some of the mentor texts mentioned for you to use.  Click on the notes page to get to my Google Document.  I am planning on updating my “Good Hooks” documents later!


  1. I currently teach kindergarten, but am moving up to 2nd grade next year. I was looking for some great 2nd great sites and came across yours. I'm so excited to read this post because I love Lucy Calkins and our reading teacher just gave me the book Mentor Texts to read this summer! I look forward to looking through all of your ideas!

  2. Oh my gosh- I love this book! Mentor texts are so important! :) Thanks for sharing your blog link with me... I can't wait to explore it!

  3. Thanks for sharing! I have the book you mentioned and also the Nonfiction Mentor Texts by the same authors. I am pulling them out now to put in my ever growing summer reading stack to review to strengthen my skills for teaching writing to my second graders. I will look forward to reading your good hooks document when you post it. : )

  4. I have this book as well! I read it while taking a Masters class too. I think that this is such an important book for anyone doing Writer's Workshop in the classroom.

  5. I found you!! I downloaded this doc when I was very first digging around blogs and then it took me weeks to figure out where I got it from!! This is an AWESOME resource. It also addresses organization in 6 traits.

    For what it's worth, you have a new fan!! I already follow your blog, but I will be checking in often to steal, er, borrow other great ideas!!

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