With the holidays, it can be challenging to balance keeping to the curriculum and keeping kids engaged. Mentor text lessons are a great choice for getting both jobs done. Today, I’d like to share three of my favorite seasonal mentor texts and how I use them.
Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
With this book, I have taught several skills including visualizing, sequencing events, making comparisons, and the key focus…questioning skills. The method in this set is Question Answer Relationship. There is a questioning anchor chart, task cards for sorting (and answering), and post reading options for response.
The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
[This Jan Brett Author Study] has been in the top 100 list in the past and continues to be my top seller. I think it’s because the bundle can be used from November through March with ease, and that the units within the bundle offer options for whole group, small group, partners, or centers, but The Gingerbread Baby is a favorite. I’ve used it for years with my students in the middle grades. It is perfect for sequencing events, story retelling, and making comparisons.
Christmas in the Country