Mentor Texts that Model and Encourage Goal Setting

As you see, the focus of today’s post is on mentor texts.  My bloggy buddy, Emily over at The Reading Tutor/OG chose to focus this week’s linky on books that help students with goal setting. and I think it’s the perfect choice considering the significance of yesterday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. What a beautiful example of picking and carrying out a goal!  And because we’ve just celebrated MLK Jr Day, one book I would recommend is Martin’s Big Words.  Martin Luther King Jr. was a brilliant individual driven to improve life for others by leading humbly and peacefully.  Oh if we could undo history!  Instead, we should learn from errors and work together following his example. One way to do this is to share his story.


81ctwfpmfgl-_sl1500_-9425508Another book I enjoy sharing with my students at some point along our journey together is Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. This one has been around a while, but sometimes we need refreshers to remember to pick them up. I think this is a “Planning for Life” book, so perhaps it would tie in nicely with long range plans.

51arvtryqpl-7175858Goal! by Mina Javaherbin may not be widely known.  It is one I picked up last summer at our local, Ollie’s store since I had so many boys that love to play soccer.  The cover caught my eye, but the story made me buy it. It is about a time when a young boy from South Africa receives a football as a gift and uses determination to be able to play with his friends in order to forget the fighting that is going on around them.

6164kca-ddl-1781537How about Stand Tall, Molly Lou Mellon?  If you’re not familiar with this series, run to the library to check it out.  They are adorable, and perfect for the middle grades. Molly turns her faults into talents and follows her grandmother’s advice to, “Sing out clear and strong and the world will cry tears of joy,” Her struggle is with a bully, but the key is that she has a problem and develops a plan to work through it. 

61eueqbf3rl-8141665The last book is another fairly new one to me, and it too came from my favorite little discount store, Ollie’s (I am addicted to the book section. Sh! Don’t tell my husband!).  It’s a small little book, and it’s message is all about pursuing your dreams. 

What are some of your favorite books for this topic?  Share your thoughts in the comments section. I’d love to hear about a few new titles myself.


This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Jennifer Reynolds

    I am going to have to check out The North Star! My class LOVES the Molly Lou Mellon series! I also love Amazing Grace for teaching goals!

  2. Tara Looney

    Nice selection! While you mentioned some I already have on my favorite list there were a few I need to check out. Thanks for sharing.

  3. You know I love Amazing Grace too, but Emily already had it listed. Molly Lou Mellon was one my sister shared with me years ago. Aren't they awesome??

  4. Several of my boys read it for AR points and commented that they liked it. I am always looking for sports fiction just because I have so many that love them. Thanks for visiting Julie!

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