The Big Fresh August 20, 2016 Armchair Experts
When we are judging everything, we are learning nothing.
This week we look at mentors and mentor texts. Plus more as always -- enjoy!
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One goal of many primary teachers is to help students finish their drafts with an ending other than "The End" (or "they lived happily ever after"). Katie DiCesare shows her first graders many alternative examples, and she begins early in the year with powerful mentor texts:
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Tara Barnett and Kate Mills carefully select the first mentor text for crafting leads in their fourth-grade classroom:
In this week's video, Melanie Meehan talks with a third-grade teacher about how she helps students focus on craft elements in nonfiction mentor texts:
Ruth Ayres shares some of her favorite mentors and mentor texts for developing good writing processes and habits:
In an encore video, Aimee Buckner explains how she selects mentor texts for writing, as well as the importance of using writing by students and teachers in lessons:
That's all for this week!
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