At our mentor texts workshop, teachers found picture books that they'd like to use in their classrooms and worked on how these books could be used in the classroom. Here are our favorites!
Chameleons are Cool
Use this book to teach about how to make informational text more engaging. Jesus said, "Animal texts can be somewhat dry...this book can show kids how to make their writing more interesting."
This book gives scientific information in a narrative format. Carole found that it could be used to teach content and style.
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late
Juanita says, "The author builds content through the imagination of the little girl...the girl uses the string on the rest of her walk to show what she imagines." -This can show how we develop ideas in a picture first, and then transfer that to writing. (Nicole)
-This can also show how an idea can unfold. (Jesus)
-Where was the teacher while all this was going on? (Tina)
My Great-Aunt Arizona
More on mentor texts:
Mentor Texts by Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli
Nonfiction Mentor Texts by Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli
Writing Domains Resources
Mentor text lessons from WritingFix