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.

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!


  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! :)
    ideas by jivey

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

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  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

  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)
    Collaboration Cuties

  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!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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