Reading, Writing, and Mentor Texts: Imagining Possibilities
Date: March 28, 2013
Summary: In this episode we discuss with our guests the many ways mentor texts support writers and inspire writing of all genres in the classroom and beyond. We also explore direct connections to learning across the disciplines and resources for identifying and finding mentor texts.
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Mentor texts are pieces of literature that you—both teacher and student—can return to and reread for many different purposes. They are texts to be studied and imitated...Mentor texts help students to take risks and be different writers tomorrow than they are today. It helps them to try out new strategies and formats. They should be basically books that students can relate to and can even read independently or with some support. And of course, a mentor text doesn't have to be in the form of a book—a mentor text might be a poem, a newspaper article, song lyrics, comic strips, manuals, essays, almost anything."
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Related Resources Discussed on the Show
- "Mentor Texts for Opinion Writing"
- "Persuasion through Public Service Announcements" , by Kristyna Brewer
- Mentor Texts with Lynne and Rose
- "Mentor Texts: Learning to Write from What We Read" , by Robin Holland
- Deeper Writing (and Reading) of the World , Robin Holland's blog
- Columbus Area Writing Project
- "Straight Through the Heart" , New York Times, by Dean Bakopoulos
- General Mentor Texts
- Immigration and Migration
- Science and Technology
- Economic Opportunity
- The American Character and Identity
- "Primary Documents in American History: United States Constitution" , Library of Congress
- "The Presidents" , White House
- "U.S. Culture & Values" , Yale University
- "Cultural Stereotypes About Americans"
- The Other America
- America and Global Affairs