Focus on writing the importance of mentor text

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This presentation was first presented at the AMTESOL Conference in Oxford, Mississippi in January, 2012. The focus is on why it is important to use mentor text and how we can effectively do that in the classroom.

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Focus on writing the importance of mentor text

  1. 1. The Importance of Mentor Text Keith Pruitt, Ed.S Words of Wisdom Educational Consultingwww.woweducationalconsulting.com
  2. 2. A “mentor piece” is a shorttext or portion of a text usedas a support for the work weare trying to accomplish in theworkshop. Judy Davis and Sharon Hill, The No- Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing, p10 Pearson’s From Reading to Writing capitalizes on connecting reading and writing and using mentor text.
  3. 3. Have students reflect on what they have read. Important to look at the vocabulary inthe reading. These become key writing transfers. Let’s Write!!! Here’s the model.
  4. 4. Harriet Tubman By Eloise GreenfieldHarriet Tubman didn‟t take no stuffWasn‟t scared of nothing neitherDidn‟t come in this world to be no slaveAnd wasn‟t going to stay one either“Farewell!” she sang to her friends one nightShe was mighty sad to leave „emBut she ran away that dark, hot nightRan looking for her freedomShe ran to the woods and she ran through the woodsWith the slave catchers right behind herAnd she kept on going till she got to the NorthWhere those mean men couldn‟t find herNineteen times she went back SouthTo get three hundred othersShe ran for her freedom nineteen timesTo save Black sisters and brothers(repeat first stanza)
  5. 5. Harriet Tubman By Eloise GreenfieldHarriet Tubman didn‟t take no stuffWasn‟t scared of nothing neitherDidn‟t come in this world to be no slaveAnd wasn‟t going to stay one either“Farewell!” she sang to her friends one nightShe was mighty sad to leave „emBut she ran away that dark, hot nightRan looking for her freedomShe ran to the woods and she ran through the woodsWith the slave catchers right behind herAnd she kept on going till she got to the NorthWhere those mean men couldn‟t find herNineteen times she went back SouthTo get three hundred othersShe ran for her freedom nineteen timesTo save Black sisters and brothers(repeat first stanza)
  6. 6. This exercise just showed anexample of how to use amentor text.Let’s look at some other waysof using mentor text anddiscuss why mentor text areimportant.
  7. 7. The Importanceof Mentor Text1. Serves as a starting gate for writing.2. Mirrors the expectation for the writing to be done.3. Serves as a point for mini- lessons, ie. Using adjectives effectively4. Gives students guidance for different genres and text types.
  8. 8. Next you will see apicture.With a partner, I wantyou to just list thethings you see in thispicture.You will only see thepicture for 5 seconds.
  9. 9. Take one of the detailsfrom the picture and witha partner tell each otherthe beginnings of a story.Now I want you to justmake some notes aboutwhat your partner toldyou.
  10. 10. My Mind’s EyeProjection Screen Image The Author’s Words
  11. 11. My Mind’s EyeProjection Screen Image The Author’s Words He sat close to the fire, his chin in his hand. It was dusk, and the dogs lay beside him on the warm hearthstones. --Sarah Plain and Tall, p.1
  12. 12. Every Sense Counts
  13. 13. Good writers are goodreaders…. Notice howauthors craft theirwriting because I findgreat writingfascinating andbecause I am alwayslooking to become abetter writer. --Regie Routman, Writing Essentials p. 43
  14. 14. And the more experiencechildren have in readingand writing, the moremeaningful their writingbecomes. Growth inreading positively impactswriting, and growth inwriting positively impactsreading. --Regie Routman, Writing Essentials, P 120
  15. 15. The concept of a mentortext is important. A mentoris one who models,coaches, and lifts another tohigher levels. With that inmind, a mentor text must bechosen carefully to ensurethat it can establish a modelof quality writing that isworthy of guiding ourlearners. --Linda Hoyt, Interactive Read- Alouds Teacher’s Guide,
  16. 16. What Makes a Piece of Literature a Good Mentor Text?Engages students imaginations.The text is well written and provides manyopportunities to teach good writingpractices (Davis & Hill, p. 10)The text can obviously serve to helpstudents understand what is expected intheir writing.
  17. 17. In working with EnglishLanguage Learners, what arethe obstacles to teachingWriting?How can mentor text helpprovide a bridge from readingto writing for these students?Turn and Talk
  18. 18. In thispresentation wehave looked at theimportance ofmentor text. Theimportance ofconnectingreading andwriting is definite.
  19. 19. Thank You Keith Pruitt Words of Wisdom Educational Consultingwww.woweducationalconsulting.com

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