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Mentor Texts for the Traits of Writing

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Just right for a mini-lesson, picture books make the perfect mentor texts to model writing skills. Use the books and suggested teaching ideas in these lists to model the traits of writing for your students.

Book Lists:

Ideas
Use these books to discuss imagination, creativity, main ideas, and the importance and relevance of specific themes.
Organization
These books model thoughtful sequencing and good beginnings and endings of paragraphs and plots.
Voice
Voice becomes loud and clear in these titles which employ a variety of imaginative perspectives and opinions.
Word Choice
Use these titles to exhibit the importance of word-choice in creating metaphors, playing with onomatopoeia, the preciseness of meaning, and the occasional use of nonsense.
Sentence Fluency
Model sentence fluency with books filled with lyrical phrases and rhythmically poetic lines.
Conventions
Spice up lessons on this dreaded trait with titles that bring fun to revision, punctuation, parts of speech.

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  • Subjects:
    Curriculum Development, Grammar and Punctuation, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Parts of Speech, Traits of Writing, New Teacher Resources, Teacher Tips and Strategies
  • Skills:
    Grammar and Punctuation, Writing
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