Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Reading Mentor Texts, Grades 3-5: Both chapter books and picture books.
Earlier today, I decided to start a Grades 3-5 Mentor Texts board on Pinterest. I realized not many teachers had a board dedicated to reading mentor texts, and I thought Pinterest would be the perfect place to have one because all you have to do is repin or add a new pin! Seeing I am going to incorporate author's skills and reading strategies every one or two weeks in Reading next year, I wanted to see what kinds of literature was out there. Honestly, it was somewhat of a tedious search because I wanted the list I compiled to be different than many lists out there. For example, so many suggestion lists include How Many Days to America and Cheyenne Again, which I of course included, but there were nor any lists I know of that included One World, One Day, Dave the Potter or Blackout (all tremendous books!). Sometimes excellent picture books for older elementary students are difficult to come by (because they are typically read to the K-2 or even the K-3 audience), but you just have to search and see the possibilities in what is out there.
I included some chapter books on the list as well because the first chapter can be read to introduce a skill. For example, I have read excerpts from A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin and Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke over the years.
Of course I do not use all the books in one year; I pick and choose. The board was made so I could have a visual of books I have used in the past, some I have desired to use, and some I have been introduced to more recently.
I also came across a phenomenal demo reading of Twilight Comes Twice by Ralph Fletcher, which is a book I was introduced to recently and included on the list. The author's voice and tone is perfect, and I love the sound effects in the background as the gentleman reads. You can watch it below.
Do you have any other suggestions for reading or writing-related mentor texts? I have used a lot of resources online, especially Writingfix.com, in discovering mentor texts, but I know there is more out there!
(Last, even though these are not books, I have a board of photographs and illustrations for making inferences, too.)