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The Importance
       of
   Mentor Text
    Keith Pruitt, Ed.S
    Words of Wisdom
  Educational Consulting
www.woweducationalconsulting.com
A “mentor piece” is a short
text or portion of a text used
as a support for the work we
are trying to accomplish in the
workshop.
                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.
Have students reflect on what they have
                 read.



 Important to look at the vocabulary in
the reading. These become key writing
               transfers.




    Let’s Write!!! Here’s the model.
Harriet Tubman
                        By Eloise Greenfield

Harriet Tubman didn‟t take no stuff
Wasn‟t scared of nothing neither
Didn‟t come in this world to be no slave
And wasn‟t going to stay one either

“Farewell!” she sang to her friends one night
She was mighty sad to leave „em
But she ran away that dark, hot night
Ran looking for her freedom

She ran to the woods and she ran through the woods
With the slave catchers right behind her
And she kept on going till she got to the North
Where those mean men couldn‟t find her

Nineteen times she went back South
To get three hundred others
She ran for her freedom nineteen times
To save Black sisters and brothers

(repeat first stanza)
Harriet Tubman
                        By Eloise Greenfield

Harriet Tubman didn‟t take no stuff
Wasn‟t scared of nothing neither
Didn‟t come in this world to be no slave
And wasn‟t going to stay one either

“Farewell!” she sang to her friends one night
She was mighty sad to leave „em
But she ran away that dark, hot night
Ran looking for her freedom

She ran to the woods and she ran through the woods
With the slave catchers right behind her
And she kept on going till she got to the North
Where those mean men couldn‟t find her

Nineteen times she went back South
To get three hundred others
She ran for her freedom nineteen times
To save Black sisters and brothers

(repeat first stanza)
This exercise just showed an
example of how to use a
mentor text.


Let’s look at some other ways
of using mentor text and
discuss why mentor text are
important.
The Importance
of Mentor Text
1. 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 effectively
4. Gives students guidance for
   different genres and text
   types.
Next you will see a
picture.

With a partner, I want
you to just list the
things you see in this
picture.

You will only see the
picture for 5 seconds.
Take one of the details
from the picture and with
a partner tell each other
the beginnings of a story.

Now I want you to just
make some notes about
what your partner told
you.
My Mind’s Eye

Projection Screen Image   The Author’s Words
My Mind’s Eye

Projection 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
Every Sense Counts
Good writers are good
readers…. Notice how
authors craft their
writing because I find
great writing
fascinating and
because I am always
looking to become a
better writer.
      --Regie Routman, Writing
                   Essentials
                         p. 43
And the more experience
children have in reading
and writing, the more
meaningful their writing
becomes. Growth in
reading positively impacts
writing, and growth in
writing positively impacts
reading.
       --Regie Routman, Writing
                    Essentials,
                         P 120
The concept of a mentor
text is important. A mentor
is one who models,
coaches, and lifts another to
higher levels. With that in
mind, a mentor text must be
chosen carefully to ensure
that it can establish a model
of quality writing that is
worthy of guiding our
learners.
   --Linda Hoyt, Interactive Read-
                           Alouds
                 Teacher’s Guide,
What Makes a Piece of Literature a
         Good Mentor Text?

Engages students imaginations.
The text is well written and provides many
opportunities to teach good writing
practices (Davis & Hill, p. 10)
The text can obviously serve to help
students understand what is expected in
their writing.
In working with English
Language Learners, what are
the obstacles to teaching
Writing?

How can mentor text help
provide a bridge from reading
to writing for these students?

Turn and Talk
In this
presentation we
have looked at the
importance of
mentor text. The
importance of
connecting
reading and
writing is definite.
Thank You

       Keith Pruitt
      Words of Wisdom
    Educational Consulting

www.woweducationalconsulting.com

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Focus on writing the importance of mentor text

  • 1. The Importance of Mentor Text Keith Pruitt, Ed.S Words of Wisdom Educational Consulting www.woweducationalconsulting.com
  • 2. A “mentor piece” is a short text or portion of a text used as a support for the work we are trying to accomplish in the workshop. 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. Have students reflect on what they have read. Important to look at the vocabulary in the reading. These become key writing transfers. Let’s Write!!! Here’s the model.
  • 4. Harriet Tubman By Eloise Greenfield Harriet Tubman didn‟t take no stuff Wasn‟t scared of nothing neither Didn‟t come in this world to be no slave And wasn‟t going to stay one either “Farewell!” she sang to her friends one night She was mighty sad to leave „em But she ran away that dark, hot night Ran looking for her freedom She ran to the woods and she ran through the woods With the slave catchers right behind her And she kept on going till she got to the North Where those mean men couldn‟t find her Nineteen times she went back South To get three hundred others She ran for her freedom nineteen times To save Black sisters and brothers (repeat first stanza)
  • 5.
  • 6. Harriet Tubman By Eloise Greenfield Harriet Tubman didn‟t take no stuff Wasn‟t scared of nothing neither Didn‟t come in this world to be no slave And wasn‟t going to stay one either “Farewell!” she sang to her friends one night She was mighty sad to leave „em But she ran away that dark, hot night Ran looking for her freedom She ran to the woods and she ran through the woods With the slave catchers right behind her And she kept on going till she got to the North Where those mean men couldn‟t find her Nineteen times she went back South To get three hundred others She ran for her freedom nineteen times To save Black sisters and brothers (repeat first stanza)
  • 7. This exercise just showed an example of how to use a mentor text. Let’s look at some other ways of using mentor text and discuss why mentor text are important.
  • 8. The Importance of Mentor Text 1. 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 effectively 4. Gives students guidance for different genres and text types.
  • 9. Next you will see a picture. With a partner, I want you to just list the things you see in this picture. You will only see the picture for 5 seconds.
  • 10.
  • 11. Take one of the details from the picture and with a partner tell each other the beginnings of a story. Now I want you to just make some notes about what your partner told you.
  • 12. My Mind’s Eye Projection Screen Image The Author’s Words
  • 13. My Mind’s Eye Projection 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
  • 15. Good writers are good readers…. Notice how authors craft their writing because I find great writing fascinating and because I am always looking to become a better writer. --Regie Routman, Writing Essentials p. 43
  • 16. And the more experience children have in reading and writing, the more meaningful their writing becomes. Growth in reading positively impacts writing, and growth in writing positively impacts reading. --Regie Routman, Writing Essentials, P 120
  • 17. The concept of a mentor text is important. A mentor is one who models, coaches, and lifts another to higher levels. With that in mind, a mentor text must be chosen carefully to ensure that it can establish a model of quality writing that is worthy of guiding our learners. --Linda Hoyt, Interactive Read- Alouds Teacher’s Guide,
  • 18. What Makes a Piece of Literature a Good Mentor Text? Engages students imaginations. The text is well written and provides many opportunities to teach good writing practices (Davis & Hill, p. 10) The text can obviously serve to help students understand what is expected in their writing.
  • 19. In working with English Language Learners, what are the obstacles to teaching Writing? How can mentor text help provide a bridge from reading to writing for these students? Turn and Talk
  • 20. In this presentation we have looked at the importance of mentor text. The importance of connecting reading and writing is definite.
  • 21. Thank You Keith Pruitt Words of Wisdom Educational Consulting www.woweducationalconsulting.com