This week I have been studying Information Writing at Teachers College June 2014 Advanced Writing institute. It’s something I like but sometimes my own informational writing works and other times it seems to fall into the completely boring column. I believe that many teachers need help to increase both the quality and the volume of information writing across the curriculum and the day for ALL students.
I was quite pleased to attend Alexis Czeterko’s (@AlexisCzeterko ) Closing Workshop “Five Mentor Texts for Information Writing – and Ways to Use Them with Power” on Wednesday afternoon. Alexis began with several personal stories including cookbooks and her mother-in-law and a writing elective when she was ten, but you’ll have to check the twitter feed for further details. (This is not a complete recap of the closing but it will give you the general flavor.)
When we study mentor text, we look for . . .
- Craft moves
- Language conventions
Do you have some favorite informational mentor texts?
The five books that Alexis featured were:
1. National Geographic – Great Migrations: Amazing Animal Journeys
2. Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies and illustrated by James Croft
3. No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart and Allen Young
4. The Split History of the American Revolution
5. Elephants by Steve Bloom
Are you currently using any of these books as mentor informational texts?
What are your top five?