Content-Area Literacy Teaching Writing

Reading, Writing, and Mentor Texts: Imagining Possibilities (NWP Radio)


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Lynne Dorfman—co-director of the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project defines mentor texts:

Mentor texts are pieces of literature that you—both teacher and student—can return to and reread for many different purposes. They are texts to be studied and imitated…. Mentor texts help students to take risks and be different writers tomorrow than they are today. It helps them to try out new strategies and formats. They should be basically books that students can relate to and can even read independently or with some support. And of course, a mentor text doesn’t have to be in the form of a book—a mentor text might be a poem, a newspaper article, song lyrics, comic strips, manuals, essays, almost anything.

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