Mentor texts are books that you can use for several skills- I often will use a mentor text over the course of a week, sometimes longer. I really try to pick a book that I can use for my reading AND my writing skills for the week, that way I can read it once, then go back and just read parts that I want to use in my mini-lessons.
I also pull a sentence from the book I'm using in reading and/or writing to use as our mentor sentence for the week. If you are unfamiliar with mentor sentences, you can read ALLLLLLL about it here! Here is the "short explanation" of mentor sentences: pull an EXTRAORDINARY sentence (or just a really great sentence that shows off the skill you want the students to learn that week!) from a book that the students have heard (or will hear soon) and use it to teach grammar and writing skills! By looking at sentences that are correct, the students can see what makes GOOD writing, instead of trying to figure out what's wrong with an incorrect sentence. Then, they have the chance to imitate that sentence, which gives them the opportunity to practice "good writing" and transfer it to their own writing! My students' writing this year has sky-rocketed thanks to the implementation of mentor sentences in my room, just as it has done the last few years with my past classes! And the great part is, it takes only 10-15 minutes a day! I honestly believe that it is the best way for students to truly understand what good writing looks like, which is what prompted me to create my Mentor Sentence Units on TPT. There are units in my store, as well as some seasonal freebies!
And since I LOVE my blog followers so much (and also because products with "the DOCTOR" are not supposed to be posted on TPT), I have an exclusive Mentor Sentence Freebie for YOU!!! I thought it would be perfect for Read Across America Day/Week!
Click the image or click here to download your Mentor Sentence Freebie! :o)
I can't wait to see what writing tips you have for teachers and students!