Learn How to Successfully Use Mentor Texts to Teach Writing!
How do you create better writers in your middle school class? By using mentor texts written by successful authors! Students improve and hone their writing abilities with these 150 fiction and nonfiction texts—chapter books, picture books, YA novels—chosen by authors Culham, Blasingame, and Coutu. Each text is annotated and organized by trait, and to target instruction further, the traits are broken down into four key qualities. Each annotation explains what the book is about and why it’s a good model. There are even tips on how to find your own mentor texts! Twenty ready-to-use, literature-based lessons are included.
The Six Traits of Writing include:
- Word Choice
- Sentence Fluency
©2010. English. Middle school. 8 x 11 inches. Softcover, 128 pages.
Prove It! Using Textual Evidence
Close Reading with Paired Texts
Primary Source Fluency Activities: The 20th Century