Islandborn by Junot Díaz

Recommended Grades: 3-5

When Lola is asked to draw a picture of where her family emigrated from, she becomes worried because she can’t remember the Island.  But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories, Lola is able to go on an imaginary journey back to the Island.  

Lesson Idea: 

Mentor Text; Six Traits of Writing – Idea Development:  Islandborn is a fantastic mentor text to help students develop idea seeds in their writer’s notebook.  After reading it aloud to students, have them brainstorm memories that are important to them about family and friends.

This is also a mentor text in The Storyteller’s Project.  Click on the link to find out more!

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Snow Sisters! Two Sisters, One Snowy Day by Kerri Kokias

Recommended Grades: 2-5

Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike.  The heroines enjoy a snow day in their own unique ways independently, but then reunite for a surprise! 

Lesson Idea: 

Mentor Text; Six Traits of Writing – Word Choice:  The use of clear, succinct language, coupled with beautiful illustrations makes Snow Sisters! an excellent model for teaching word choice. Read through the story and ask students what they notice about the use of language and the organization of the text.  How do the pictures enhance the minimal text?

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The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

Recommended Grades: K-5

Some people collect coins, some collect stamps, but Jerome collects words.  Words that transform, connect, and empower.  This is a celebration of finding your own words and the impact you can have when you share them with the world.

Lesson Idea: 

Mentor Text; Six Traits of Writing – Word Choice:  Peter H. Reynolds books are always whimsical and inviting to young readers.  The Word Collector is no different.  Read aloud this book to provide students with an opportunity to realize that they too, can collect words in their writer’s notebooks.  And use the story to empower them to share those collected words with the world through their writing.

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Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Recommended Grades: 1-5

We all have an inner exclamation mark.  The question is, how do we find it?  The story of the exclamation mark and how it took him a little time to figure out what he wanted to say and how to say it.

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Conventions/Finding Your Inner Self:   Exclamation Mark is an excellent mentor text for two very different topics.  On a surface level, use Exclamation Mark as a mentor text when discussing conventions and end marks in particular.  The font size in the text makes for excellent discussion around the use of the exclamation mark.  On a deeper level, the Exclamation Mark is a metaphor for finding your inner self and sharing it with the world.

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Picture This: Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever!

Publication Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Harper Collins

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Super cute story about the author’s children and a haircut that turned into a lesson for one child. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Six Traits: Voice:  Read aloud Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! and discuss Sadie’s voice with students.  How do we know she has a big personality?  What are some ways her personality shines through the voice of the character?  Use Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! as a mentor text to discuss the craft of voice.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

 

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