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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Workshop Wednesday-Mentor Texts in the Writing Workshop

Wednesday is becoming one of my favorite blogging days, I am really enjoying linking up with Ideas by Jivey for her Workshop Wednesdays. This weeks topic is sharing our favorite mentor texts to teach writer's craft. I have so many books that I love to share with my students that it is really hard to choose. I am a firm believer that the best way for students to learn writer's craft is from writers, so we use a lot of mentor texts in my room, but today I'll share a few of my favorites.

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Enemy Pie is one of my favorites to teach voice. If you haven't read this book, it is a great one. The story is a wonderful one about becoming friends with someone you think is your enemy. It has such a strong voice the students can instantly hear it. I use it to talk about sentence length, building suspense, and hyphenated words to name a few.

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Another book I love is Bedhead. This book is about a poor little boy who wakes up with bed-head on picture day. I use the book to talk about onomopiea, descriptive details, and dialog.

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A third book that I love to share with my students is Twilight Comes Twice. The book is a beautifully written story that helps to teach the students how to narrow their time focus as well as use descriptive words to paint a picture in the readers mind.

Those are just a few of the many mentor texts books I love to share with my kiddos. What are your favorites? Be sure to link up with Jivey and find some new book suggestions!

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for linking up!! I love Enemy Pie and Twilight Comes Twice. I haven't heard of Bedhead! Can't wait to check it out! :)
    Jivey
    ideas by jivey


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  2. Those are great ideas. I love Caps for Sale and Chicken Soup with Rice...I can use them for so much!

    -Maria
    Everyone deServes to Learn

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  3. I'll have to check those out! I've been working with my kids on narrowing their focus so Twilight Comes Twice will be perfect!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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  4. Oh, we looooooove Enemy Pie! We use that at the beginning of the year every year!!! I have heard of Bedhead but forgot about it, thanks for the reminder!!! And I haven't heard of Twilight come Twice!!

    We hope you'll link up with us this weekend!! ;O)
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  5. Love all of those books! I haven't read Twilight Comes Twice this year yet, I'll have to read it when we get back from spring break! Thanks for the reminder! I'm glad you stopped by and found a new book from me-you HAVE to get it-it will be one of your favorites!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  6. We will have to check these out. They all look great!
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

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