Course DescriptionMentor Texts are pieces of literature that students can benefit from reading multiple times, studying and trying to emulate in their reading and writing. In this course you will choose from a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction to find the best mentor texts that fit with your literacy program. You will organize this collection of mentor texts in practical, useful ways. Upon completion of this course you will have researched and designed literature-based activities that are ready for immediate use. Grades K-8
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Understand strategies for using mentor texts to engage students of all ages and abilities.
- Choose quality mentor texts, design effective instruction using those texts, and consider how to integrate this effective instruction into current practice.
- Organize the collection of mentor texts in a practical, useful way.
- Discuss, develop, and share instructional strategies and lesson plans that utilize mentor texts to support classroom learning.
- Explore websites; discover new resources and research current trends.
- Become familiar with Common Core literacy standards with an increased emphasis on reading of fiction, nonfiction and informational texts to build disciplinary knowledge.
- Create plans for mentor texts focused on interest levels for fiction, nonfiction periodicals, magazines, comic books and other material that will interest? students of all ages.
- Survey books used in the classroom and library and assess goals for creating a climate of understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures and ethnic heritages.
NotesThis course can be taken for 3 or 4 credits. Please check section information to register for appropriate section.
This course was enlightening and I enjoyed researching mentor texts. As a teacher in training, I found this course to be extremely helpful and informative. I had heard mentor texts were a useful strategy in teaching students how to write, but I didn’t really have an idea of how to implement them in a lesson. The amount of resources on mentor texts is at times overwhelming, but this class was super helpful.
—Winter 2017 Student
I have really enjoyed this course. It forced me to view Mentor Texts in a whole new light and I can already see the impact it has had on my lesson planning and teaching. The biggest take-away I have from this course is understanding the difference between read aloud and mentor text. I will no longer get the two confused!
---Fall 2016 Student
Thanks for the excellent class. Each assignment that I worked through gave me new insight into how to use mentor texts. I also gained a HUGE new list of texts to use with my class. I know there will be no repeats in the books that I'll share between this year and last. Most meaningful for me was a closer examination of how to use mentor texts to teach specific skills like adding sense details. I think I will have a very well rounded reading and writing program next year and much of that is thanks to this course.
---Summer 2015 Student