MATCHING THE TEXT TO THE NEED
- Has high standards
- Encourages students to take risks
- Builds on strengths
- Looks at the big picture
- Values originality and diversity
- Is passionate
- Models desired skills
When we think of these traits, we want the texts we select to be original and diverse, high quality, include the traits we are hoping to teach, and most importantly, feature the authors we’d like our students to know. As teachers, this last point is important. We need to familiarize ourselves with authors we want our students to emulate.
FIND THE TEACHING POINTS
TEACHING STRATEGIES THAT WORK WELL WITH MENTOR TEXTS
Last week, I wrote up [THIS POST] highlighting ways to increase student engagement, and as we think about mentor text lessons, many of the strategies shared would mesh well. Here are a few you might try:
- Turn and Talk (sharing with elbow partners)
- Give One, Get One (students pair up and each shares their thinking before moving to another partner)
- Carousel Brainstorming (kids move around the room to respond with thoughts on teaching points)
- Graffiti Walls (students record thoughts on the wall (paper you’ve laid out for discussion)
- Jigsaw (divide into groups to allow kids to analyze a section of the book to share)
- Response Cards or Boards
These are just a few options, but I created [THIS FREEBIE] teachers can use in planning. It is a checklist of high engagement activities.
FINDING MENTOR TEXTS
I’VE TAUGHT MY LESSON. NOW WHAT?