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Just about every writing lesson I use is connected somehow to a favorite mentor text (or "touchstone text"). Published mentor texts provide inspiration for student writers, and using them very well during instruction can inspire original ideas from your students as well as inspire them with new skills to try using during revision.
I have taught writing to just about every grade level, and I have also taught inservice workshops to thousands of fellow educators. When talking about mentor texts and lesson, these are two resources I share: a one-page handout and a PowerPoint (saved here as a PDF)
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