Mentor Texts

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A collection of 50 texts to inspire creative writing.

This easy to use teaching style has changed my life!! There is enough material here for a full year since each activity takes about two classes, and many could be used multiple times throughout the year using different themes.

Students first do a "Close reading" of text, to break down text exploring style, literary devices, patterns, and general elements of the text. Provide different coloured pens, highlighters and sticky-notes! Students love this!

They then create their own version.

Finally, they edit it, and produce a final copy. Each lesson takes about 50-75 minutes and has been massively successful in my class!

My tip would be to do 4-5 writing activities, and then students go back and have full editing days.

I teach a modified English language class of students that are 12-15 years old, but their reading level is between grade 1-grade 6. This has worked for everyone!
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