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I wanna be like Mike - Using Mentor Texts to Teach Writing

Everyone has a mentor or wants to emulate someone at some point in their lives. Bring that concept into the classroom with mentor texts. Mentor texts are an excellent way to engage students and to foster their writing skills. Versatile and infinite, mentor texts can be used again and again to teach a number of different writing styles.
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I wanna be like Mike - Using Mentor Texts to Teach Writing
  • Megan McClure says:
    Write Like This is the original source for the 1 Topic = 18 Topics mentor text activity, and if your students enjoy that activity, this book offers plenty more where that came from. As a high school English teacher, Gallagher recognizes students need to read good writing in order to become good writers. Students also need to emulate good writers, and Write Like This offers dozens of activities for teachers to model and for students to emulate.
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    Megan McClure says:
    Kelly Gallagher's 1 Topic = 18 Topics is a mentor text writing activity I have used time and again with exceptional results. I also use this as a tool to model writing, which students really enjoy. This activity gives students the freedom to choose one topic they wish to write about and turn into eighteen potential writing activities.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Warning: Corbett Harrison's "Always Write" might send you into information overload, but his blog post about mentor texts could very well provide you with everything you ever wanted to know. Chocked full of activities and texts for further reading, this is an excellent resource for bringing mentor texts into your classroom.
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    Teaching With 'Teenagers in The Times'

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    Megan McClure says:
    The Learning Network blog on NYTimes.com is an amazing resource chock full of activities to use in the classroom. Teaching with 'Teenagers in The Times' is updated weekly and contains mentor texts to encourage your high schoolers to become engaged participants in the writing process.
  • Megan McClure says:
    This is another great explanation into the world of using mentor texts, especially if you are short on time. With a running time under four minutes, this video gets to the heart of the power of using mentor texts, as well as being a writer mentor to our students.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Lynne Dorfman, of the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project, talks to National Writing Project (NWP) Radio about the power of mentor texts. In addition to providing a wonderful audio explanation into the benefits of using mentor texts, the NWP websites offers an extensive array of resources teachers can access to use mentor texts in a number of subject areas.
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