posted Jan 4, 2011, 11:20 PM by Paul Ketko
updated Jul 1, 2012, 2:08 AM
by: Lynne R. Dorfman & Rose Cappelli
- How do children's book authors create the wonder that we
feel when reading our favorite books? What can students and teachers learn from
these authors and books if we let them serve as writing mentors? In Mentor
Texts, Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli show teachers how to help students
become confident, accomplished writers, using literature as their foundation.
- The book is organized around the characteristics of good
writing—focus, content, organization, style, and conventions—and includes:
- mentor texts that can be used to scaffold student work;
- student writing examples to demonstrate how students take
risks as writers;
- teacher writing examples to show the power of teacher as
- a comprehensive annotated list of children's literature that
includes specific suggestions for teaching points;
- “Your Turn” lessons at the end of each chapter that show how
to put the ideas into practice.
- Rose and Lynne write in a friendly and conversational style,
employing numerous anecdotes to help teachers visualize the process, and offer
strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. Each “Your
Turn” lesson is built around the gradual release of responsibility model,
offering suggestions for demonstrations and shared or guided writing.
Reflection is emphasized as a necessary component to understanding why mentor
authors chose certain strategies, literary devices, sentence structures, and
- This practical resource demonstrates the power of learning
to read like writers. It shows teachers and students how to discover the ways
that authors make writing come alive, and how to use that knowledge to inspire
and improve their own writing.
Preview the book online!
ISBN: 978-157110-433-5 / Item No.: WEB-0433 / 2007 / 328 pp / Paperback