Monday, August 14, 2017

Writing with Mentor Texts Series - Lesson #10

The last one! I can't believe how quickly this summer has flown by. I hope you've enjoyed these lessons I've shared. I can't thank you enough for supporting this little blog of mine and shopping my TpT store. This journey has been awesome and it's all because of YOU! These lessons are the least I can do.

Lesson #10 uses this picture book about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and we discuss parallel structure. Undoubtedly, parallel structure is tricky and most writers do not master it until they are much older. But, it's never too early to get middle school writers thinking about one of more sophisticated grammar rules!

In about 10 days, my school will be open and teachers can come in to start prepping their rooms. I've got big plans for my classroom this year, so be sure to check back as I'll certainly be documenting my decorating!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Writing with Mentor Texts Series - Lesson #9

We are getting to the end, Folks! Hope you've liked these lessons that I've shared with you!

Lesson #9 uses a beautiful picture book called, Mr. Ferris and His Wheel, and we talk about writing with complex sentences.

If you are trying this lessons, I'd love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or on my Facebook page!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Writing with Mentor Texts Series - Lesson #8

I've got my 8th lesson in this series for you today and it uses a great book called Separate is Never Equal. Much of the story is told in a flashback, something kids love to include in their writing but can be tricky to write well. We talk about how we can add flashbacks to our biographies, as long as we transition to them clearly so our reader won't get confused!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Writing with Mentor Texts - Lesson #7

I can't believe we are on Lesson #7 today! Summer is flying!!

Today's lesson on writing style and word choice uses a book called Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra by the amazing husband-and-wife team, Brian and Andrea Pinkney!

Hope you like it!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Writing with Mentor Texts Series - Lesson #6

Hi Friends!

I've got Lesson #6 today using a book about the great Muhammad Ali!  I teased that kids about finally reading about a GUY in history. I said that among all the amazing women of the past, there were a few men that were pretty awesome, too!

We talked about punctuating dialogue in this lesson. I'm not kidding, I go over this DOZENS of times during the school year and it still seems to pose a problem for many young writers! Drives me crazy!!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Writing with Mentor Texts Series - Lesson #5

I've got Lesson #5 for you today using the picture book Brave Girl. Spent more time talking about how to "unpack a heavy sentence."

Hope summer is treating you well!!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Writing with Mentor Texts Series - Lesson #4

Friends, I've got Lesson # 4 for you today!

It uses the book The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist.  The lesson I taught using it is about "unpacking heavy sentences," a phrase I first heard from the legendary Ralph Fletcher. It's a tricky lesson for middle school students to master, so the next lesson will talk about this, too!

Now that we are a few lessons in, I'm eager to hear what you think! Leave me a comment below or on my Facebook page :)