Help me give my students mentor texts for persuasive writing. Mentor texts are beneficial for teaching writing. The books selected focus on persuasive writing as students do not have as much experience with that style.
In this community, 100% of the children eat free breakfast and lunch. Some take a backpack of free food home on the weekends and yet, every morning 100% of my children welcome me with open arms ready for hugs. Though many have needs, all want to learn. All want to read. All want to experience life and the world around them. Nothing makes me happier than watching my children grow, laugh, and experience the world around them.
My children yearn for knowledge and being a lifelong learner myself, I yearn to give it to them.
It's amazing how they become engrossed in a science experiment, a read-aloud discussion, or a project-based learning experience. The more they light up, the more I am motivated to find ways to give them more experiences. Children learn by doing, seeing, and feeling. Those are the things that impact them the most. As a teacher, I want to make the most impact!
Persuasive writing is a more difficult form of writing for students. Students need to see how other authors write persuasively. The picture books selected can serve as mentor texts for students. Mentor texts are effective when teaching students to write. These books will help my students if they get stuck on the same topic. They can also offer a larger repertoire of author's craft.
Each book offers a unique skill that can be modeled and taught to students with a goal to improve their persuasive writing techniques.
For example, Be Glad Your Dad Is Not An Octopus shows students how to write fact-based supporting arguments in creative ways and demonstrates the power of staying focused on your intended purpose. Possible mini-lessons for Don't Blink include: using varied sentence lengths, using bold text and word art for emphasis, and using a range of punctuation to engage readers and strengthen one’s message. Escargot will be an example for students of how writers can anticipate and debunk a reader’s counterarguments.
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