Category Archives: Mentor Texts and Other Books

How To Make Take Home Books Work in K-1

How To Make Take Home Books Work in K-1

Ah, take home books. Do you break out in a cold sweat at the very thought of letting kids take books home? I used to feel the same way! However, giving kids books to have at home is super important! As you already know, many of our students don’t have books at home. And even those who…Continue Reading

Resources & Ideas for Teaching Personal Narratives to K-2

Resources & Ideas for Teaching Personal Narratives to K-2

After teaching students the routines and procedures of writing workshop at the beginning of the year, I love to jump right into a unit on personal narratives (sometimes called “small moments” stories).  I think that this is such a great starting point for young writers.  Kids love to tell stories about themselves and their lives,…Continue Reading

Writing Workshop Mentor Texts for 1st and 2nd Grade

Writing Workshop Mentor Texts for 1st and 2nd Grade

Reading and examining mentor texts with students is a powerful strategy for teaching writing.  Just about any book can serve as a mentor text, depending upon what your students’ skills are and what you want them to learn about writing!  Here are some strategies for working with mentor texts: 1.  Before you bring a book into your…Continue Reading

Amazing Grace – An Amazing Read!

Amazing Grace – An Amazing Read!

It’s time for Book Talk Tuesday again!  I skipped last week because I was crazy busy with a giant project, but I’m happy to be back on track, sharing my favorite books with you! This week, I’m writing about one of my all-time favorite picture books.  It’s called Amazing Grace, and it’s by Mary Hoffman. This…Continue Reading

End of Literacy Teacher’s Playbook

End of Literacy Teacher’s Playbook

This will be my last post in the Literacy Teacher’s Playbook (K-2) bloggy book study!  I accidentally overread and finished the whole book ahead of time.  Oopsie!  I guess that is a sign of a good book, right? Overall, I think that the book was a very valuable read, particularly for K-2 classroom teachers.  I know…Continue Reading

Stone Soup

Stone Soup

It’s time for another Book Talk Tuesday!  Today I’m writing about a version of one of my favorite folk tales of all time – Stone Soup. I didn’t encounter this story until fairly recently.  I had read the 1947 Marcia Brown version of Stone Soup as a kid, which is about a village in Europe.  This…Continue Reading

Boxes for Katje

Boxes for Katje

Time for another Book Talk Tuesday!  I’ve been linking up with Mrs. Jump’s Class all summer long to share my favorite children’s books with you.  Today’s book is sort of a “rare breed” – a historical fiction picture book for primary students.  It’s called Boxes for Katje and it’s by Candace Fleming. When I was working…Continue Reading

Chapter 3 of the Literacy Teacher’s Playbook

Chapter 3 of the Literacy Teacher’s Playbook

I just finished reading Chapter 3 of the Literacy Teacher’s Playbook for our bloggy book study.  If you missed my most recent post on the book, you can click {here} to read it. Chapter 3 was all about synthesizing literacy data and setting goals for students.  Serravallo showed us how she assembled the child’s data in…Continue Reading