These two books are complete and total gems for all writing workshop teachers. Trust me, you’ll want to add them to your collection to help you teach narrative and informative writing as well as poetry. If you know me, you know I’m not usually insistent on using certain books for writing workshop. I believe you should find the books you love. However, if you’re looking for some mentor texts, these are two I think will go the long haul.
(I feel like we need a drum roll…)
|GILBERT GOLDFISH WANTS A PET by
Kelly DiPucchio and Bob Shea, Dial Books, a
division of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2011
- Internal conflict
- External conflict
- Unexpected endings
- Character motivation/want
- Strong hook
- Plot development
- Text placement
- Zoom in
- Zoom out
- Setting details
- Character details
- White space
|A STRANGE PLACE TO CALL HOME:
THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS
HABITATS & THE ANIMALS THAT CALL
THEM HOME by Marilyn Singer
and Ed Young, Chronicle Books, 2012. Click
on the image for more information about the author.
A Strange Pace to Call Home by Marilyn Singer and Ed Young is a treasure from cover to cover. First, let’s start with the title and subtitle. There is so much to learn about titling an informative project. Inside, you will find an introduction, “Risky Places,” to orient you to the book. Then there is a collection of fourteen poems, focusing on animals that survive even in the worse places on the planet. The back of the book offers a guide to forms of poetry, identifies different poetic forms used in the collection, and gives more information about each of the animals.
What makes me so excited to use this book in writing workshop? I love how there are different forms of informative writing. There is an introduction that would be worthy of using during a feature article study, poetry, and more information written in prose about each animal. The information at the back of the book could be used in feature articles, essays, posters, brochures, or summaries studies. I love how research is used as the backbone for this text. I love the way you can go deeper into a study of poetry. I’m positive I could find hundreds of minilessons in this book for informative writing and poetry.
How about you? What are some new favorite mentor texts you’re planning to use in writing workshop this year?
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