How to use mentor texts in the classroom to develop students’ appreciation of good literature and develop their writing skills.
What will be covered:
Help students come up with new and creative IDEAS.
Example: In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, two characters describe the exact same setting differently; one sees it as a dangerous place, the other thinks it’s interesting and beautiful. Students can use this example to describe two different character perspectives (point of view) about a place or person.
Students emulate the organisational STRUCTURE or interesting pattern of ideas.
Example: In Stephen Kramer’s introductory two pages to his non-fiction picture book, Caves, he begins with a paragraph that shares things you would never find in a cave; then he describes what you would see in a limestone cavern. Students can borrow this two-part, subtle structure to describe any setting.
Learn CRAFT SKILLS by studying the skills, techniques and styles of good writers.
Example: In All the Places to Love, Patricia MacLachlan describes settings by starting sentences with a variety of prepositional phrases.