Must-Have Mentor Text: The Best Story - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Must-Have Mentor Text: The Best Story

Aaaaah, my weekends are going by so fast now that I'm back in school! It's so sad! But, of course, I can't let a weekend go by without linking up to my cuties!!

Today, I want to share a book I use to get Writing Workshop started:
The book shows how a writer must write from their brain and their heart. In the book, the little girl is trying to write the best story- one that will win a contest. Everyone in her family has different ideas about what makes a story "the best." Finally though, she realizes the best story is one that is her own!

The illustrations as her story changes are hilarious, too!! :o)

After reading the story and having a quick discussion about the reason the author wrote this book, I would have them get started on generating seed ideas in their Writing Notebooks- listing things that are important to them.

I think this book is also a great reminder to us as teachers, too, when it comes time to confer with them. We need to make sure we are helping to guide them to become better writers, but not editing and revising FOR THEM because then it becomes OUR story!

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  1. Ohhh! That book sounds great! I might just have to add it to my Amazon wish list for this year! :)
    Pinkadots Elementary

  2. I love using this book to introduce Writing Workshop as well! You are so right about letting kids stories be their stories when we conference. It is something that I always need to remind myself.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  3. I saw this at the Summer Lit bookstore. By then I already went $30 over my $50 budget. Sadly I left it behind. I am now kicking myself.

  4. Rats! Now I need to place another Amazon order. :-) Thanks - it sounds like a great book!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  5. Gah! I JUST placed a book order! But now I want this book. Why didn't I wait until after Mentor Text Sunday?!

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason
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  6. I know I've seen this book I have it? haha (I love the Spinellis!)If I do, I haven't used it yet! Thanks for another great idea!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  7. I'm glad you reminded me of this book! I need to pull it out!!

    Thanks for linking up!! Happy meetings tomorrow (not!!!)
    Love ya!

  8. What a great story to encourage students to write and take a risk.
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

  9. This sounds like a great book! My Amazon cart is now officially overflowing.

    I like the point you made about editing and revising students' writing. I completely agree!


  10. I love this book. I also love your gentle reminder not to be too leading with students during conferences - with some kiddos it is just so hard....


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