Apologies for posting late- students started on the 9th and I knew I should write early, but life got in the way!
This year I was inspired by my week at TCRWP’s June Writing Institute and Stacey Shubitz’s fab new book, Craft Moves. I want to improve my use of mentor texts to help teach writers this year, so I have selected two main mentor texts for each unit we will teach this year in third grade. My plan this year is to also use these same books (and others) to teach grammar through mentor sentence study. I tried to use some old and new favorites and include different perspectives. Please let me know which titles you would add!
Come On, Rain
Last Stop on Market Street
(also Yard Sale)
These will all be used within the first few weeks of school and will also spark conversations about books being windows and mirrors.
We had the opportunity to Skype with Melissa Stewart last year and the students got so much out of it! Her website is amazing too!
The Slug (new to me, thanks to Stacey!)
(also Coral Reefs and A Rock Is Lively, because how can you resist the way these two put words on the page). )
Persuasive Letters, Editorials, Speeches, and Petitions:
Our science unit at this time is Ecosystems, so the last two link with that as well.
One Word from Sophia
A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea
(also Dear Greenpeace, No Monkeys, No Chocolate)
Old Elm Speaks
Poems in the Attic
(also not a picture book Love That Dog)
Fairy Tales/Intro to Fantasy
Cheers to unexpected twists on traditional fairy tales (yes, we read the traditional too).
Clever Jack Takes the Cake
The year is only 4 days old and we have already shared at least 6 picture books. I look forward to sharing these 10 (oops 15, plus one that is not a picture book) as our main writing mentor texts as the year goes on. Please do let me know if there are others I should add to our third grade list!