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.
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.
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.
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.