“Where Do You Find Mentor Texts? How Do You Select Them?”

We loved seeing so many of our Twitter and blog friends at NCTE this weekend! Yesterday, during our presentation about technique-driven studies, two of the big questions that emerged were: Where do you find mentor texts? How do you select them? Our criteria:  To select mentor texts, we begin by visiting our usual haunts (listed […]

NCTE14 Preview: Do Your Student Writers Need Technique Study?

Where does writing workshop go next? Traditionally, writing workshop is organized around genres. We write editorials, learning about the conventions of that genre, incorporating it into pieces of student writing, and then move on to narrative. Then literary analysis. Then, perhaps, a This I Believe essay. And this is great. Genre is important. Students must understand […]