Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Workshop Wednesday: Mentor Texts



Yay!  Time for Jivey’s Workshop Wednesday!  This is a fun one for us.  We love using great texts to teach important lessons and help our kiddos gain the skills good readers need.  We also LOVE to hear about new books that lend themselves to great lessons!  We are sharing about our recent work with Ezra Jack Keats.  We have been using many of his wonderful books in our Authors as Mentors writing unit.  We’ve studied his work, learned about his writing crafts, and modeled our writing after his. 


Today, we are sharing one of our opening lessons: Strong Story Starters.  For this lesson, we gave partner groups one of Keats’ books and a recording sheet.  We instructed our kiddos to only read the first page of the book and record down the words Keats used to open the story.  Then, kiddos drew a picture to match the first page of the book they had.  After we were finished, partner groups shared with the class how their book started and we discussed the words Keats used to get us excited to read the story.

Here are some examples from our partner groups.

Here is the Story Starter recording sheet we used.  Click the picture to get a free copy!



6 comments:

  1. I used to love The Snowy Day when I taught 1st!!! :) <3 thanks for linking up!
    Jivey

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    1. Thanks for hosting this link! Mentor texts are so important and we love to share ideas! The Snowy Day is such a great book!

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  2. Mentor texts are powerful tools for teaching writers how to start their own stories. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. We enjoy looking for strong mentor texts and when we find them we are happy to share!

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  3. The Snowy Day is such a great book. It has been a while since I have used it, I think I am going to need to pull it back out! Thanks for the reminder.
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Bethany! We will have to head your way!

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