Ralph Fletcher has long mentored writing teachers-now he presents the ultimate mentor-text resource for teaching students to write. In Mentor Author, Mentor Texts, Ralph shares 24 short, high-interest texts and accompanying Writers Notes with your students. Arranged from least difficult to most challenging, they are ready for writers at every level. Online, Ralph also provides whiteboard-ready versions of the texts as well as recordings where he reads of 17 of his pieces.
Mentor Author, Mentor Texts Includes:
24 mentor texts written by Ralph, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more
Writers Notes that give students a peek into Ralphs thinking and craft
Online access to whiteboard-ready versions of Ralphs mentor texts
Online access to recordings of Ralph reading 17 of his pieces
Suggestions from colleagues nationwide for using Ralphs texts in the classroom.
Let your teaching mentor become your students writing mentor...
...with engaging mentor texts written and read by Ralph Fletcher...
I wrote all 24 pieces in this book. Youll find an assortment of genres: stories, memoir, poems, essays, and excerpts from novels. The various texts are ordered from easiest (least challenging) to hardest (most challenging). I tried to select short, high-interest pieces. Each one stands on its own with a beginning, middle, and ending. I tried to choose pieces that would bring a sense of closure by the end.
...writers notes that give students an inside peek into craft...
My Writers Notes introduce the text, explain my thinking behind various decisions, and point out a few things I want kids to notice. With certain pieces, especially the last three, I highlight revisions I made along the way. I tried hard not to take the mystery out of good writing. Instead these notes are my way of opening the door and leading the student into the text.
...and practical, classroom-tested suggestions like this from your colleagues
One of my students, Suzy, knows that she struggles to provide enough detail in her non-fiction pieces. For her piece about soccer, she told me that she knew she needed to include more details because she didnt want the reader to be confused. We had already read Ralphs Squirming Wizards of Recycling, so we looked at the Writers Notes. Ralph said he had brainstormed questions that readers may have had as they read about worm composting, and he then tried to include the answers to those questions in the piece. Suzy decided that she would write down questions that she thought her reader might still have about soccer and then make sure those questions were answered in her writing. Since both Suzy and I have already developed a relationship with Ralph through his texts, it felt like we were inviting an old friend to join our conference.
-Kate Norem Morris, Teacher, The Bush School, Seattle, Washington