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 :)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Writing with Mentor Texts Series - Lesson #3

Hey there! I've got Lesson #3 today and it uses the most BEAUTIFUL mentor text, When Marian Sang!! I love the pictures and layout of this book, and I love how it demonstrates different ways to transition from scene to scene when writing.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Writing with Mentor Texts Series - Lesson #2

Hey Friends! July is buzzing along. Our summer learning program has been amazing! I've got such a great group of kids and they are such eager beavers when it comes to writing!!

Okay, as promised, here is Lesson #2 of my writing unit using the book Wilma Unlimited.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Writing With Mentor Texts Series - Lesson #1

Hi Friends!! Welcome to the first lesson in my Writing with Mentor Texts Series for 2017! You can read all about my objective for my summer learning program here.

Okay, I'm just going to get started! Day 1 took a bit because I had to explain the project and let the kids put their notebook together. For the covers, I used some awesome clip art from Prince Padania available on TpT. I love the caricature look and the variety of cultures represented. (Of course some students elected to create their own cover and that is fine, too!)

For notebooks, I just used some of those flimsy marble notebooks. The size is 8.5 in. x 7 in. and there are 36 leaves per book. You can find similar ones at Walmart.

Once the notebooks were covered, it was time to get started with our first lesson using a mentor text. Today we used the book The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus.

We focused on creating a timeline of "principal events" in our lives like the one in the book. You can see my model down below. (PSA... make sure you are doing this project along with your students!! You are the BEST MENTOR!)

Okay... that was a lot for one day. Luckily, I have a 75-minute period during the summer, otherwise this would definitely have taken more than one class!

Hope you enjoyed this lesson! Remember, this summer I teaching an entire unit in summer school, so each lesson will build upon the next. That means you'll need to check back throughout the summer for the rest of lessons (there are 10 in all!), so come back soon!