#writingwithmentors Tweetathon Days 8 & 9

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 8.40.39 PMYesterday, Writing With Mentors showed up in our mailboxes, hot off the presses! Which means it is only a matter of days before it shows up in yours! It. is. beautiful.

In the meantime, readers, friends, colleagues from across Twitter have been burning up the Internet sharing their own hot-off-the-presses treasures: mentors texts to inspire and teach students about writing!

Here is a roundup of what we found on days 8 and 9!

The Tweet-a-thon wraps up on Thursday, September 3, the day of the book’s release! There is still lots of time to share and learn (and each Tweet enters you to win a copy of the book!)

Want a sneak peek at what you can expect from Writing With Mentors? Hop on over to the Heinemann site  where you can download a sample!

#writingwithmentors Tweet-a-thon Days 6 and 7

Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 9.15.09 PM In ONE WEEK, Writing With Mentors will officially be out in the world.   While you’re waiting, you can get a sample of the book on the Heinemann website! http://www.heinemann.com/products/E07450.aspx

We are also halfway through our Tweet-a-thon! We have gathered some amazing, hot-off-the-presses mentor texts in our #writingwithmentors Tweet-a-thon over the last week. Here’s what we shared on days 6 and 7. 

It’s never too late to join in, though! Share a favorite mentor text — or even one that you haven’t tried before but think could have potential.  Just asked yourself: could this teach students something about writing? Could it inspire student writing? If so, you are looking at a mentor text!

#writingwithmentors Tweet-a-Thon Day 5 Wrap Up

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Day 5 of our Tweet-a-thon saw mentor texts for writing about fashion, sports profiles, history, poetry, memoir. We even had some mentors being literally pulled straight off the shelf at Barnes & Noble and Tweeted from the racks!

Here’s a wrap-up of day 5! 

The Tweet-a-thon continues through September 3, the day that Writing with Mentors is released!  Join in — every Tweet enters you to win a copy of the book!

#writingwithmentors Tweet-a-thon Days 3 & 4

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The mentor text love didn’t slow down over the weekend! What joy it is to get a bundle of new mentor texts and teaching ideas to usher us into the school year!

You can see this weekend’s conversation here. Eventually, each of these texts will be added to our growing Mentor Text Dropbox!

It’s never too late to join the fun! Find a possible mentor text, and Tweet a link to the text plus an idea for using it with students!

#writingwithmentors Tweet-a-thon Days 1 and 2

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The mentor texts have been rolling in, and we are in mentor text heaven!

Catch up with the Tweet-a-thon Day 1 and Day 2 , then Tweet-a-mentor text of your own! Remember that in addition to the camaraderie of sharing resources, every Tweet enters you to win a copy of Writing With Mentors, available September 3 (read a sample, see the Table of Contents, and read some great reviews here)

#writingwithmentors Tweet-a-thon starts NOW!

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Today’s the day! The #writingwithmentors Tweet-a-thon starts now. And it’s simple to participate: just Tweet the link to a potential mentor text and use the hashtag #writingwithmentors!

You will get inspired for a new year of writing in your classroom, scads of resources, and you might just win a copy of Writing With Mentors

The #writingwithmentors Tweet-a-thon — Let’s Do This!

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Thursday is the day we begin our Tweet-a-thon, leading  up to the publication of Writing With Mentors on September 3! (You can download a sample and pre-order on Heinemann’s site!)

A little fuzzy on the rules of the game? Need a refresher? Here’s the deal:

Rules of the Tweet-a-Thon:

  • Between August 20 and September 3, tweet a link to a potential mentor text along with a teaching idea or focus. Here are a couple of examples:

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  • Don’t forget to use the hashtag #writingwithmentors
  • For each and every tweet, you will be entered to win one of three copies of Writing With Mentors. Winners will be chosen at random on September 3.
  • We will pull your tweets into blog posts — a one-stop shop for a daily list of hot-off-the-press mentor texts. We’ll also pull your mentor texts into our ever-growing Mentor Text Dropbox so that you can find them again whenever you need them.

How Will You Find Great Mentor Texts?

Writing With Mentors has an entire chapter dedicated to finding current, engaging mentor texts that will help you teach anything you need to teach or want to teach about writing!

Want to see? Get ready, it’s sneak peek time!

Like you, we do not have time to scour the Internet from top-to-bottom in the hopes of landing on good, relevant writing. So, we share our no-fail, go-to sources for mentor texts that win every time.

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After we find a mentor text that has potential, we ask it a series of questions. You have seen some of these before here, but we have also included them in handy chart form in Writing With Mentors so that you can grab it and use it quickly!

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Are you ready to get loads of fresh, new mentor texts? Ready to share your findings with the Twitter-verse? Ready to win your very own copy of Writing With Mentors?

Email us your questions, or find us on Facebook or Twitter (@rebekahodell1, @allisonmarchett) before the fun begins!  Start Tweeting on Thursday!

Mentor Text Countdown Finale: Hear from Our Students!

Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 10.56.45 AMFor the past ten weeks, we have been sharing some of our most popular posts about mentor texts as we get ready to share our first book, Writing With Mentors, with the world on September 3!

(You can order it here or here — an Amazon even gives you a sneak peak inside!)

But, it’s one thing for us to tell you that mentor texts work and quite another for you to hear it from our students.

Maybe you’re still on the fence about this mentor text thing. Perhaps it sounds good, but you don’t see it working in your classroom, in your context, with your students.

Well, let our students convince you.

These students are 8th, 9th, and 12th graders who were all given the same prompt:  Describe how mentor texts have impacted your writing.

Here’s what they had to say:

Thank you so much for joining us this summer in our mentor text countdown! Next week, on August 20, our Tweet-a-thon begins! In addition to sharing and receiving scads of mentor texts, you might also win a copy of http://www.heinemann.com/products/E07450.aspx (you can pre-order it now!) WWM Tweetathon

Summer Mentor Text Countdown Week 9: The Mentor Text Dropbox

Once upon a time, Allison and I fell in love with mentor texts. Once we taught our students how to use them, they answered every writing question, solved every writing problem.

But we hated the hours and hours of time it took to find even one good one.  So, we decided to share with each other.

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 9.08.38 PMWhen we found a good mentor text in our daily reading lives, we dropped it into a folder on the Google Drive, saving it for a rainy day and sharing it with one another. The Mentor Text Dropbox was born.

We shared it with you, too! And you have emailed us with your great finds, which we have added to the communal files. In the MTD, you can find hundreds of current, engaging mentor texts that will help you teach in any genre, any element of writer’s craft.

WWM TweetathonWith our upcoming Writing With Mentors Tweet-a-Thon (August 20-September 3), we hope  to see the Mentor Text Dropbox11 grow even more!

In our last two years of blogging, no post, no page has been more popular than the Dropbox.

Last year, Allison made a great tutorial to help show people around the ins and outs of the Dropbox.

So, take a look around today — see what the Dropbox has to offer! Tweet or email us your suggestions for texts to add! And start getting ready for the #writingwithmentors Tweet-a-thon!

(By the way, Writing with Mentors is scheduled to be released September 3, but you can preorder it here or here — and Amazon even gives you a sneak peek at the first two chapters!)

Announcing the #writingwithmentors Tweet-a-Thon!

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Friends, we are getting so excited to share Writing With Mentors with you on September 3.

Do you remember Oprah’s Favorite Things episodes? Hysterical audience members would load up on exotic goodies gifted to them by Oprah. Invariably, by the end of the episode, the group would hear Oprah’s signature bombastic yawp: “You get a car! You get a car! You get a car!”

Writing a book feels kind of like that.

Sadly, cars we do not have. But we have a whole world of mentor texts — our favorite things!

To celebrate the book’s launch and to share the mentor text love, we are hosting a Tweet-a-thon for two weeks beginning on August 20 and leading up to the publication of Writing With Mentors on September 3 (you can order it here!). Here’s how it will work:

Rules of the Tweet-a-Thon:

  • Between August 20 and September 3, tweet a link to a potential mentor text along with a teaching idea or focus. Here are a couple of examples:

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  • Don’t forget to use the hashtag #writingwithmentors
  • For each and every tweet, you will be entered to win one of three copies of Writing With Mentors. Winners will be chosen at random on September 3.
  • We will pull your tweets into blog posts — a one-stop shop for a daily list of hot-off-the-press mentor texts. We’ll also pull your mentor texts into our ever-growing Mentor Text Dropbox so that you can find them again whenever you need them.

How Will You Find Great Mentor Texts?

Writing With Mentors has an entire chapter dedicated to finding current, engaging mentor texts that will help you teach anything you need to teach or want to teach about writing!

Want to see? Get ready, it’s sneak peek time!

Like you, we do not have time to scour the Internet from top-to-bottom in the hopes of landing on good, relevant writing. So, we share our no-fail, go-to sources for mentor texts that win every time.

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After we find a mentor text that has potential, we ask it a series of questions. You have seen some of these before here, but we have also included them in handy chart form in Writing With Mentors so that you can grab it and use it quickly!

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How Is This Like Oprah’s Favorite Things?

Beyond sharing in communal excitement (which is what Oprah’s Favorite Things is all about, right?), you will leave our two-week Tweet-a-thon with tons of current, relevant mentor texts  — to take into your classroom tomorrow and to use alongside the materials we provide for you in Writing With Mentors.

You get a mentor text! You get a mentor text! You get a mentor text!

And three of you will get a book, too!
Questions about the Tweet-a-thon? What to tweet? How to play? Let us know! The Tweet-a-thon begins AUGUST 20.