My students need 40+ books written by their favorite authors so that they can use them as mentor text in Writing Workshop.
In collaboration with my grade level team, I want to help my students become better writers. Books written by our favorite authors are powerful tools that I can use when teaching my students the craft of writing. I want them to begin noticing and imitating what authors and illustrators do.
Our second grade is made up of 98 students who all has suffered from HURRICANE SANDY and all come from diverse backgrounds.
The majority of the students in the second grade, speak English as their second language. Many of these English language learners find it difficult to participate successfully in our literacy activities. We need to provide ways for my students to learn the use of the English language in order to read, write and speak effectively. The best practice we can provide for me to enrich my classroom with language experiences. Through interactive read aloud, we can model how to read with voice, discuss how authors use the craft of writing to show emotion, and how to orally tell a story from beginning to end. Studies show that growth in reading positively impacts students' writing. It is easier to read and write the words one understands. Using the mentor text will support our ESL students in both the reading and writing process.
In order to help the children develop their oral language skills, I need to provide multiple opportunities for the students to read, write, listen, and speak the English language. I also need to foster literacy growth and this can be accomplished by making reading and writing a natural part of their classroom activities. Using the students favorite author's as mentors will help develop their reading and writing. Mentor text are pieces of literature that we can return to again and again so that the books can help my students learn how to do what they may not yet be able to do in writing. These books will serve as a tool to show my students how to write well. They will provide examples that will help my ESL students grow into successful writers. We need these books to become a part of the classroom. The same mentor text can be used again and again when teaching different units of study. I also want to encourage my students to begin reading these book independently.
We as a grade level need mentor texts to support our students to meet the requirements of the Common Core Standards when teaching writing.
Mentor texts provide ways for students to notice and imitate behaviors of inspired authors.
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