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.
Testimonials“I really enjoyed taking this class. It has been several years since I have weeded through the mentor texts I have on my “teacher bookshelf.” This gives me a much more manageable collection of books that I know I can use throughout the year that will serve a variety of purposes. I feel more organized, both in the texts I will use, and how I will use them, and that is what I was hoping to achieve in taking this class!” —TINT Student
“This class has been both fun and informational. I have enjoyed learning about books that I can use in my classroom to teach both reading and writing.” —TINT Student