Thursday, April 9, 2015

Literacy Specialist meeting notes

The topic was writing this morning at the elementary Literacy Specialists meeting. There was much discussion of using mentor texts, which is a perfect area where librarians can support teachers and help kids grow their writing skills.

Librarians can provide teachers with lots of mentor texts and use mentor texts themselves when doing read alouds. 

What is a mentor text? It's any book that a teacher can use to show students an example of good writing. As you read through books in your collection, make note of any that stand out as good examples so you'll be ready when someone asks for a good example of descriptive writing or a strong lead or voice or any of the other traits of good writing.

When you use a mentor text in a read aloud, ask kids to notice things about how the text is written. For example, notice how the author starts the story. Does he use a question? Does he use dialogue? Does he start by describing the setting so you feel like you are there?

If you need help in this area, check out this great blog : Teach Mentor Texts. This blogger reviews lots of books, but also has posts talking about which books are good examples of which writing trait. Good stuff.

Click here to see the handouts and my (rather sparse) notes from the meeting.

Image citation: 
First Grader Working on a Writing Assignment. Photography. Encyclop√¶dia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 9 Apr 2015.

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