Reader Mail: Teaching Writers to Use Copious, Persuasive Evidence

We recently received this email from Angela in South Dakota: I am writing about a podcast interview that you did with Talks with Teachers. You had mentioned you did a unit on using text evidence, and it hit me at my heart as my students struggle with providing relevant evidence in their writing. I searched […]

Mentor Text Wednesday: Golden Shovels are ‘Real Cool’

Today, we are thrilled to bring back an old friend, Mentor Text Wednesday, and a new friend, Jay Nickerson.   Jay is something of a mentor text Jedi — magically and mysteriously finding amazing, current, engaging mentor texts and pairing them with oodles of ideas for uses in lots of different classroom contexts. We are […]

5 Ideas for Using “Dear Basketball” in Your Writing Class Tomorrow

When do English teachers get so lucky as to have a major NBA star validate what we do by announcing his retirement in the form of a poem? This week, Kobe Bryant did just that — he wrote a poem entitled “Dear Basketball” and released it to the media as an announcement of his retirement. […]

Guest Mentor Text Wednesday: The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

Today’s MTW post is from a guest, Jennifer Isgitt of Empathic Teacher, whose blog we follow and love!  I originally caught this post on her blog and begged to use it for Mentor Text Wednesday. Workshop Genre: Poetry Background:  I first learned about The Book of Awesome from my friend Amy, who presented about nonfiction mentor texts at the TCTELA conference […]