Mentor Text Reading Activities & Writing Prompts: Emergent Better Than Basal


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Why is this better than a basal? Because YOU get to choose the order and even the skills you want to cover with each book! A GOOD mentor text will provide opportunities to teach or review a variety of skills, not the ONE the teacher manual says you have to teach.

This product is JAM-PACKED with Common Core aligned lesson ideas, activities, graphic organizers, and writing prompts for 40 of your favorite mentor texts to use in K-1! (See the complete list below.) With over 100 graphic organizers WITH answer keys, you’ll be set for the year (and years after that, too)! It also includes the generic versions of the graphic organizers so you can use them with any book!

Several of my followers who use my Emergent Mentor Sentence Units asked how I use those books in reading and writing. Because of those requests, this product was born! (You do not have to use Mentor Sentences to use these activities in your classroom…)

Not familiar with mentor sentences? Read all about them here!

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Activities cover skills such as:
asking questions before, during, and after a story
answering questions about a story
telling what happened next
identifying central message
identifying problems and solutions
describing characters
describing setting
identifying character feelings
identifying sensory detail words
describing differences between fiction and nonfiction
identifying what speakers said in a story
distinguishing between text evidence and picture clues
comparing stories
…and more!

There is also a writing prompt for every book that ties to the theme, idea, or topic of the book.

Activities are for the following books:
-The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
-If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff
-Poppleton: Neighbors by Cythia Rylant
-Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian
-The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
-Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
-The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
-Curious George by H.A. Rey
-Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold by James Marshall (or any version)
-Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse by Judy Schachner
-A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
-My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
-Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch
-The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
-George and Martha Back in Town (The High Board) by James Marshall
-Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner
-The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
-A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
-Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin
-How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
-Biggest, Strongest, Fastest by Steve Jenkins
-Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Melanie Watt
-Fireflies! by Julie Brinckloe
-Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
-Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
-When Sophie Gets Angry by Molly Bang
-Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
-What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
-I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff
-Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
-The Teacher From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
-There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandra
-Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler
-Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson
-The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler
-The Mitten by Jan Brett
-The Night Before The 100th Day of School by Natasha Wing
-Olive My Love by Vivian Walsh
-That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting
-Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg

If you don’t own all these books, I encourage you to take advantage of your library! They are all wonderful texts to share with your students!

Looking for NONFICTION? Grab this Animals Better Than Basal!


Want more information on how to use mentor texts in the classroom? You can check out my blog posts:

Mentor Texts: Maximize Your Time!
Picture Books Are For EVERYONE!!


All of the books in this pack also have mentor sentence lessons you can find HERE in the Emergent Mentor Sentences Bundle.

If you are interested in buying all four sets of Mentor Sentences, Interactive Activities, AND this product, check out the BIGGEST & BEST Mentor Sentence Bundle- 1 Entire Year!

Looking for MORE mentor text lessons? There is also a 2nd Grade Version!


There is also a Second Grade Better Than Basal!

Check out what’s in the 2nd Grade Version!

There is a Volume 1, 2, and 3 Better Than Basal for grades 3-5.

Check out what’s in Volume 1!
Check out what’s in Volume 2!
Check out what’s in Volume 3!

Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher. It is not intended to be shared. Please use the ‘additional license’ purchase if more than one teacher will be using it. Thank you!

Copyright © 2016 Ideas By Jivey, LLC
All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey.
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Not for public display.

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