This post is fueled by two of my Seven Elements of a Differentiated Writing Lesson: 1) Mentor Texts and 2) Helping Students Discuss Writing at the Ananysis & Evaluation Level
I am on a quest this year! I want to create a library of amazing mentor texts to use when teaching expository writing. They're proving hard to find.
A mentor text--as you probably already know--is a published piece of writing whose idea, whose structure, or whose written craft can be analyzed during a lesson to inspire your own students to write.
I've begun my search. Before Winter Break, I crafted a new demonstration lesson that focused on revision skills for this expository prompt: explain how to play a game to someone who doesn't know how to play it. I was thrilled to find The Dangerous Book for Boys gathering dust on my bookshelf. It had voice-y explanations for playing games that ended up working really well when I taught the lesson to eighth graders.
My lesson based on this mentor text has been posted at WritingFix. Click here to access it.