So what I am looking for when I choose mentor texts is the most bang for my buck. I have three go-to personal essays that I have read to literally a thousand students at this point, and I use them extensively in my personal narrative unit. Just the fact that I can continue to enjoy these texts after reading them hundreds of times speaks volumes. I often joke that this essay is probably one that my high school seniors already read—in seventh grade.
Pausing to Reflect: Personal Essays
Writing Mini Lesson # Dialogue in a Narrative Essay | Rockin Resources
My students will have to complete two projects that will require them to use two different mentor texts. Since the teachers who will be taking my course will teach grades K — 8, I need to have a wide range of books from which they can choose. After spending the past couple of weeks combing her book list, several professional texts about mentor texts, and my own bookshelves, I have a list of books. So you think my problem is that I have to pair down my list, right? While I cannot put all of my favorite books on this list, I feel as though I must be forgetting something important that should be on this list. NOTE: All of the books are picture books: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Personal Narrative: A Day At The End Of Middle School
Truth be told, there are very few phrases my [ speaking as post co-author Sean ] high school teachers used during instruction that I remember to this day. Ironically, if taken at face value, the phrase I do still remember promotes outright thievery. In the context of teaching us how to write, he also was not teaching us to plagiarize. He taught us to read the best writers for this purpose, and we devoured articles from Sports Illustrated , Time , and Rolling Stone and talked about them in class. Most teachers are not going to be able to bring in the most accomplished writers, such as journalist Malcom Gladwell or novelist Courtney Summers , for mentoring sessions with their students.
Welcome to our second writing unit of the school year. To learn more about other writing units, visit our writing curriculum overview. Stories can thrill, wound, delight, uplift and teach. Telling a story vividly and powerfully is a vital skill that is deeply valued across all cultures, past and present — and narrative writing is, of course, a key genre for literacy instruction at every level. Inspired by Times articles of all kinds, the prompts ask students to tell us about their passions and their regrets, their most embarrassing moments and their greatest achievements.