Writing: Mentor Texts

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Mentor Texts to showcase various forms of writing

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Read Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spirder, etc. and then students write their own Diary of a Bat at Halloween time. Love the cover on this one!

Halloween Projects (Diary of a Bat, Bat Projects, Invisible Ink, Etc.)

My kiddos have been busy bees lately (or should I say busy bats!) Last week we learned all about bats! It was a review week in reading (Tre...

Why I Teach Writing Using Mentor Sentences in my High School English Classroom

Why I Use Mentor Sentences to Teach Writing in my High School English Classroom

This fall marks the sixteenth year that I will be returning to school as an English teacher. Every summer I start planning for the year... what will I keep, what will I change, what will I try for the first time? Of course, after so many years there are bound to be many things that I ditch, and even more that I tweak and adjust to better fit the needs to my students. But, after more than ten years of use, I have a favorite strategy that I always make time for -- teaching writing with mentor…

50 of the Best Kids' Books Published In The Last 25 Years. We love this!

50 Of The Best Kids' Books Published In The Last 25 Years

Little kids may insist you read the same books over and over at bedtime (sometimes more than once in the same night), but that doesn't mean you can't sto...

Stretched Canvas Print: Academic Success Canvas Art : 24x18in

The Only 12 1/2 Writing Rules You'll Ever Need Stretched Canvas Print by | Art.com

Stretched Canvas Print: Academic Success Canvas Art : 24x18in

a great book for teaching irregular plurals.

Playing With Words--A Picture Book With Fun Plurals!

I was determined not to buy a book last week when I popped into a bookstore before meeting a friend for dinner. But I could not resist addin...

The Book of Bad Ideas

The Book of Bad Ideas [Huliska-Beith, Laura] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Book of Bad Ideas

Personal narrative mentor text

Didn't I tell you?

So do you remember a few posts back when I mentioned that I have a habit of biting off more than I can chew? Well, case in point...lol...so much for a picture book a day! Wow! What is it about a first week back at school that takes it out of you? We had a wonderfully easy and productive first week in our room, yet more than once I found myself taking a nap as soon as I got home. When deciding between jumping on the laptop to update or taking a nap, well I guess you can see which won. So…

launching writing workshop - simple life moments that move us - where writers get ideas

Didn't I tell you?

So do you remember a few posts back when I mentioned that I have a habit of biting off more than I can chew? Well, case in point...lol...so much for a picture book a day! Wow! What is it about a first week back at school that takes it out of you? We had a wonderfully easy and productive first week in our room, yet more than once I found myself taking a nap as soon as I got home. When deciding between jumping on the laptop to update or taking a nap, well I guess you can see which won. So…

mentor texts -figurative language ` onomatopoeia For workshop sample texts for my literary devices in children's books unit

Where to begin??

Holy cow we have done so much already this week! We are trucking along through figurative language and having a great time at it. Just like I predicted my kiddos LOVED our focus on simile! We have looked at simile, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and tomorrow we begin metaphor. Another one of my faves! This means I have a plethora of books to share, hehe! Ahh..one of my favorite sights! But before I even start with all of the fun work we have been doing in class...I must share my cheesiness...We…

Great lesson on sentence fluency

Starting the Year off the Write Way! Day 7

It’s Day 7 and today I’m tackling Sentence Fluency. I decided to share a lesson using one of my new favorite books, Tammi Sauer’s adorable ...

Now, this book does a great job of sharing the students side of why we should NOT have school on weekends and holidays, and so this is why I usually use this as one of our first persuasive writing pieces. I know that the students are going to use a lot of the ideas from the book, which is fine because they will be successful (and I want to set them up for success on one of their first pieces).

Persuasive/Opinion Writing using A Fine, Fine School {Workshop Wednesday}

Hey there! I'm here to share a lesson that we use when we are introducing persuasive/opinion writing. We use this super cute book: Summary from Amazon: "On weekends, redheaded Tillie climbs trees and teaches her little brother how to skip. During the week, of course, she goes to school. Her principal, Mr. Keene, is the kind of gung ho leader any school would be lucky to have. That is, until he goes a little over the top. "Oh!" he says. "Aren't these fine children? Aren't these fine teachers?…

Analyzing 10 Story Elements | The Logonauts

Analyzing 10 Story Elements

This month I have been participating in Picture Books 14:14, a challenge created by Christie of Write Wild that encourages bloggers to review up to 14 picture books in 14 days, starting on Feb. 14th. Each review was meant to focus on one of her Top 10 Story Elements for Picture Books. I thought it might be useful to put together a quick summary of the ten elements and my related posts. Each of these books would make a great mentor text to use with students when planning for their own story…

If there's one subject that seems to befuddle homeschoolers more than any other, it's writing. I hear it during homeschool consultations and casually talking among homeschool friends, and I see qu...

Picture Books That Demonstrate Narrative Writing

If there's one subject that seems to befuddle homeschoolers more than any other, it's writing. I hear it during homeschool consultations and casually talking among homeschool friends, and I see qu...

This is the coolest new thing! Fake Texing to connect with your students! This article explains it all!

Texting in the Classroom - The Brown Bag Teacher

Our students are saturated in a world of technology. As educators there is immediate buy-in when we connections between our students’ real worlds and our classrooms. One of my favorite (free) resources to do this is called ifaketext. It allows users to create faux iPhone text conversations. The website lets you fit between 35 and...

Cause/effect book!

Press Here (Interactive Book for Toddlers and Kids, Interactive Baby Book)

Amazon.com: Press Here (Interactive Book for Toddlers and Kids, Interactive Baby Book) (8601415887617): Tullet, Herve: Books