The Mentor Texts Writing Prompts Series is a collection of writing prompts to be used alongside various picture books. Students will practice responding to reading by writing to sources. This file includes five writing prompts designed to give students the opportunity to read a familiar mentor text, analyze a writing prompt, find text evidence, draft, revise/edit, and finally publish. The picture books that go with these prompts all have a Spring (insects, animals) theme.
How can I use this resource?
– Whole group direct teaching
– In a literacy center
– During Writer’s Workshop
– Homework for extra practice
– As test prep
Included in This File:
– “How to Use This Resource” Teacher Guide
– A book list with links to purchase each mentor text on Amazon
– Links to the mentor texts read aloud on YouTube
– “Analyze the Prompt” student writing prompt page that allows them to analyze the prompt using a color coded system
– “Find Text Evidence” student page that allows students to cite, quote, and paraphrase evidence from their source(s)
– “Draft” student page
– “Revise & Edit” student page that allows students to use a simple strategy for revising and editing their drafts
– Publishing writing pages (with different lines)
Mentor Texts to Use With This Resource (not included):
1. Hey, Little Ant by Hannah and Phillip Hoose
2. The Life Cycle of a Mosquito by Bobbie Kalman
3. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema (*This prompt requires students to use the book as a source, plus one additional source. The additional source is found by the students and is meant to incorporate research writing standards.)
4. Spiders by Gail Gibbons
5. Monarch Butterflies by Gail Gibbons
6. Hedgie’s Surprise by Jan Brett
* Books 4 and 5 are used together in one prompt, so students use both sources in their writing.
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* This does not come with student writing samples.
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