Mentor Texts Writing Prompts (Theme: History & Culture)

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The Mentor Texts Writing Prompts Series is a collection of writing prompts to be used alongside various picture books. Students will practice responding to reading by writing to sources. This file includes five writing prompts designed to give students the opportunity to read a familiar mentor text, analyze a writing prompt, find text evidence, draft, revise/edit, and finally publish. The picture books that go with these prompts all pertain to one's culture or America's history.

How can I use this resource?

- Whole group direct teaching

- In a literacy center

- During Writer's Workshop

- Homework for extra practice

- As test prep

Included in This File:

- "How to Use This Resource" Teacher Guide

- A book list with links to purchase each mentor text on Amazon

- Links to the mentor texts read aloud on YouTube

- "Analyze the Prompt" student writing prompt page that allows them to analyze the prompt using a color coded system

- "Find Text Evidence" student page that allows students to cite, quote, and paraphrase evidence from their source(s)

- "Draft" student page

- "Revise & Edit" student page that allows students to use a simple strategy for revising and editing their drafts

- Publishing writing pages (with different lines)

Mentor Texts to Use With This Resource (not included):

1. Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

2. The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

3. Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

4. Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot by Margot Theis Raven

5. The Unbreakable Code by Sara Hoagland Hunter

6. Islandborn by Junot Diaz

* Books 1 and 2 are used together in one prompt, so students use both sources in their writing.

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* This does not come with student writing samples.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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