Informational Mentor Texts: Healthy Lifestyles

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This bundle includes six mentor texts written by students. Each one deals with issues that relate to teens, presented in an informal writing style. None are “perfectly” written, and so along with using them to elicit discussion, critical thinking, and response, you can use them to teach students how to identify elements of good writing and areas that need improvement. Essentially, you will be teaching them how to revise as they learn about non-fiction texts.

  • This texts in the unit will allow students to explore focus, organization, idea development, word choice, tone, and use of transitions. Students will also consider the methods that the writers use to introduce and conclude each piece.

  • You can, of course, pick and choose which ones you would like to use, based on the needs of your students; each one can be used on its own.  Everything is editable, too, so you can use them as is, or tweak them for the needs of your students and/or curriculum.

  • Options for sharing on Google Drive

  • If you want to use all of the articles, I provide you with a procedure you can follow so you can scaffold the process

The product includes:

  • Step-by-step procedures
  • Options for digital and paper copies
  • Teacher answer keys
  • Suggested extension activities
  • A slideshow to guide your discussion
  • A short lesson on informal writing techniques

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55 pages, 38 slides
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1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter).


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