My Favorite Mentor Texts (with links to free writing lessons!)

I have way too many mentor texts that I use when planning a writing lesson. I put all my favorite lesson write-ups that center on mentor texts at my classroom website. Here are my ABSOLUTE favorite mentor texts with direct links to the lessons I have posted that use them.
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One of my favorite writer's notebook challenges is to have students create HOMOPHONE COMICS pages--inspired by Fred Gwynne's "A Chocolate Moose for Dinner."  Here's my lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/Chocolate-Moose.htm

One of my favorite writer's notebook challenges is to have students create HOMOPHONE COMICS pages--inspired by Fred Gwynne's "A Chocolate Moose for Dinner.s my lesson: corbettharrison.

16-word poems (inspired by William Carlos Williams) are a favorite of my students in their writer's notebook.  During Sacred Writing Time, they can often write four or five.  Here is my online lesson for this type of poetry: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/So-Much-Depends-Upon.htm

16-word poems (inspired by William Carlos Williams) are a favorite of my students in their writer's notebook. During Sacred Writing Time, they can often write four or five. Here is my online lesson for this type of poetry: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/So-Much-Depends-Upon.htm

In this charming read, the protagonist writes a 16-word poem inspired by the great W. C. Williams.  I have my students do the same thing.  Here's my online lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/So-Much-Depends-Upon.htm

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech: Poetry. Ages 8 and up. It is a book about a boy who finds out he loves to write poetry so he writes about his dog. have the students write a poem about their favorite pet or animal.

I have a fun notebook challenge I give my students based on this book.  Here is the lesson on HOMOPHONE COMICS: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/Chocolate-Moose.htm

Awesome book for idioms, homophones! Susanna Leonard Hill: Perfect Picture Book Friday - A Chocolate Moose For Dinner

Here is the STRUCTURE mentor text I use with our free-to-access lesson about the worst school picture day a student can envision: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Bedhead.htm

Judith Viorst - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Paperback)

"Writing with a Painter's Vocabulary" is a free-to-access from our website: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/chasing-vermeer.htm

"Writing with a Painter's Vocabulary" is a free-to-access from our website: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/chasing-vermeer.htm

Here's a lesson from our website that has students envision the worst school picture day ever!  http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Bedhead.htm  This text serves as the lesson's IDEA mentor text.

Bedhead by Margie Palatini; Another Palatini fun read! Especially for those with crazy hair. good to use with crazy hair day sub plan

Even an excerpt can be a great mentor text! I use the opening of Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities" to teach the concepts of ANAPHORA and COMMA SPLCES.  Here's the lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Tale-of-Two-Cities.htm

Need to read "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens From HuffPost Fiction Book Characters' Myers-Briggs Personality Types" My Type: ENFJ, The Giver Category: Idealists Attributes: organized, honest, creative, sensitive

6th grader Diane's "Personal Treasure" page in her notebook, inspired by a passage from "Boy's Life" and the picture book "Old Black Fly."  Visit the lesson online here: http://corbettharrison.com/Personal-Treasures.html

6th grader Diane's "Personal Treasure" page in her notebook, inspired by a passage from "Boy's Life" and the picture book "Old Black Fly." Visit the lesson online here: http://corbettharrison.com/Personal-Treasures.html

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