A Teacher’s Guide to Mentor Texts K-5

Your students will grow as writers when you teach with mentor texts. They’ll learn how to read like writers, so the authors of mentor texts become your students’ writing teachers, too.

In this step-by-step guide, Carl Anderson shows you how to put teaching with mentor texts at the center of your elementary writing classroom. You’ll learn how to find just-right mentor texts for your students, analyze texts for multiple craft and convention teaching points, and teach with mentor texts with your whole class, in small group lessons, and in writing conferences.

Classroom video, annotated mentor texts, student writing samples, and teaching and planning tools give you what you need to teach effectively with mentor texts.