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The Ultimate Guide to Mentor Texts for Teachers

Mentor texts are pieces of literature that are read (and re-read) in order to be understood, studied, and used as models. A good mentor text should serve many purposes. My most favorite (and most suggested) types of mentor texts are picture books. Why picture books? Picture books are short and sweet. Generally, you can get […]

Help Your Primary Students Track Their Thinking While Reading

Annotation in the lower grades will look a bit different than it does in the upper grades. It definitely won’t be quite as detailed, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t as important! How should students annotate a text? We know that close reading is the reading and rereading (and even more rereading) of a short […]

Keep Students Learning Before Winter Break!

This time of year, it’s no secret that most kids have Santa on the brain… …so don’t fight that feeling! You definitely can’tย beat ’em on this one, so join ’em! Must-Have Mentor Texts Since it can get tricky to keep students’ learning stamina going this time of year, incorporate fun mentor texts to keep them […]