Why are mentor texts so effective?
- Mentor texts are engaging. There’s nothing more exciting to a 5th grader than when you pull out a pack of stickers or a coloring sheet. Students feel the same excitement about picture books.
- Mentor texts are understandable. Even my struggling readers understand the words and concepts in mentor text.
- Mentor texts are efficient. They allow me to model a difficult standard in a 25-minute mini-lesson.
How do I choose a mentor text?
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1 – Inferencing
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.2 – Theme
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.3 – Compare and Contrast Characters
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.5 – Text Structure
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.6 – Point of View
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.9– Compare and Contrast Books in Same Genre