Mentor Monday 3/17/2014-Using Mentor Texts for Writing Ideas | The Literacy Nest

Mentor Monday 3/17/2014-Using Mentor Texts for Writing Ideas

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Who wants to be a Teacher Superhero with the power of making every child in his/her classroom a writing whiz?  You do?!!  Well, me too, but alas, it may take more than this blog post to make that happen. Maybe with the help of these linked posts, we'll all be Writing Teacher Superheroes.  We can give it our best, right??

I am Carla from Comprehension Connection back again to host today's Mentor Monday for Emily while she's enjoying bonding time with baby girl, and I've chosen to focus our posts on writing ideas.  I love pairing great books with writing prompts.  Doing this gives our students the language and format, almost like a template.  We, as teachers, use templates all the time, and using mentor texts as models gives students a model to follow.

For today's post, I am sharing two books that I discovered during this past year and just love, The Adventures of Bumblebee Boy and Ladybug Girl  

Every child LOVES imaginative play and connects to the characters in these books, but what I love about them is the idea of superheroes and superpowers.  One of the writing prompts our state had listed as a possible prompt for the state test was this,
Imagine yourself as a superhero. You might be able to see through walls, fly, or swim like a fish. 
Write about your superhuman power and what happens when you use it. 
When I used this with my students, I began by reading these two book.  As I read, we used to create a web with superpower ideas (this is a sample).  I love Popplet, and the children have enjoyed using it too.

If you don't have these titles in your library, you might use these read aloud videos.  Students can read along with it too!

Here is a writing set freebie for you to enjoy with your group.

Now, what mentor texts would you use for writing ideas?  Please link up below with your favorite book title/titles and what you would have your students write about.  Please share the ideas that students can gather and use from the text, and if you want to be a Superhero Writing Teacher, please take a moment to check out the other posts.  I know together, we can all be Superhero (Rockstar) Writing Teachers, right??  Thanks for visiting, and have a super week!

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  1. I have such a love for Ladybug Girl! She has such a great imagination. Thanks so much for this post. It is pinned so that I can reread and watch the video :)
    Curious Firsties

    1. Awesome! Thanks so much, Em! I'm really glad you liked my post.

  2. Carla, thank you for sharing these books! I learn something new every time I read your posts :). Thank you for hosting this linky.
    Burke's Special Kids

  3. You are so welcome, Sebrina! I enjoyed yours as well. I need a larger collection of mentor texts for conventions.

  4. I hadn't seen Bumblebee Boy yet...where have I been?! Can't wait to read it! Great post, Carla!


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