Mentor texts are perfect for students of all ages! If you don't believe me, read here. :) One of the best parts of using a mentor text is that it gives you more time to TEACH! Once you've read the book one time, you only need to re-read or refer to parts of it for your mini-lessons.
You can find all of the activities I will be discussing in these two freebies in my store:
Over the course of the week, we also used one sentence from the story as our mentor sentence:
One thing students always need more practice with is close reading and finding evidence... but you don't have to only do this with a nonfiction article! As a teacher, you can legally photocopy an excerpt of a book for the students to use in an educational setting. I copied the two pages where the aunts and Gramma were telling crazy tall tales. Students read this quietly and annotated their thoughts as they read, then we discussed their thoughts. They agreed that Aunt Ivah was exaggerating her story because no one would pick up a rattlesnake with an umbrella, much less get close to one!
There is also an activity included in the freebie where students find text evidence to support the theme of the book, if you're interested.
So I know reading about how to do all this and actually SEEING it are two different things... so I've made a new video!! I have several videos on YouTube but wanted to show how I tie everything together with one mentor text. Now, I'll warn you... this one is longer than the others with multiple lessons happening... go ahead and grab your popcorn! :)