It’s been a decade since Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli wrote the
first edition of Mentor Texts and
helped teachers across the US make the most of high-quality children’s literature
in their writing instruction. In the second edition of this important book,
Lynne and Rose show teachers how to help student become confident, accomplished
writers by using literature as their foundation.
The second edition includes brand-new “Your Turn Lessons”, built
around the gradual release of responsibility model, offering suggestions for
demonstrations and shared or guided writing. Reflection is emphasised as a
necessary component to understanding why mentor authors chose certain
strategies, literacy devices, sentence structures and words.
Lynne and Rose offer new children’s books titles in each chapter
and in a carefully curated and annotated Treasure Chest. At the end of each chapter,
a “Think About It–Talk About It–Write About It” section invites reflection and
conversation with colleagues.
The book is organised around the characteristics of good writing –
focus, content, organisation, style and conventions. Rose and Lynne write in a
friendly and conversational style, employing numerous anecdotes to help
teachers visualise the process and offer strategies that can be immediately
implemented in the classroom. This practical resource demonstrates the power of
learning to read like writers.