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Mentor Texts (2/e)

  • Title:Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6 (2/e)
  • Author:Lynn Dorfman, Rose Cappelli
  • Publication Date:May 2017
  • Grade Level:K-6
  • ISBN:9781625311313
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

It’s been a decade since Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli wrote the first edition of Mentor Texts and helped teachers across the country make the most of high-quality children's literature in their writing instruction. In the second edition of this important book Lynne and Rose show teachers how to help students become confident, accomplished writers by using literature as their foundation.

The second edition includes brand-new “Your Turn Lessons,” built around the gradual release of responsibility model, offering suggestions for demonstrations and shared or guided writing. Reflection is emphasized as a necessary component to understanding why mentor authors chose certain strategies, literary devices, sentence structures, and words.

Lynne and Rose offer new children’s book titles in each chapter and in a carefully curated and annotated Treasure Chest. At the end of each chapter a “Think About It—Talk About It—Write About It” section invites reflection and conversation with colleagues.

The book is organized around the characteristics of good writing—focus, content, organization, style, and conventions. Rose and Lynne write in a friendly and conversational style, employing numerous anecdotes to help teachers visualize the process, and offer strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. This practical resource demonstrates the power of learning to read like writers.

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Author Bio

Rose Cappelli received her bachelor's degree in Deaf Education from Pennsylvania State University and her master's degree in reading from West Chester University. She also holds an elementary certification from Immaculata University. Rose has worked as K-2 reading specialist in the West Chester Area School District; as a teacher consultant at Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project; and as course coordinator at West Chester University.

Lynne Dorfman received her bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education, her supervisory certificate in elementary education and her educational leadership doctorate degree from Immaculata University. She has thirty three years' of experience with the Upper Moreland School District.

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