"Great teachers have an unstoppable drive to figure things out. We imagine that our classrooms might be places where, as Rebekah and Allison say, "the craft of writing is truly studied, not assigned, and we study it together," but we need mentors to show us how. You have two here in your hands. I am certain Don [Graves] would have celebrated these wise, kind, and fearless advocates for young writers. This book vibrates with joy and possibility."--Penny Kittle, from the Foreword
Writing With Mentors is one of the best books I’ve read on harnessing the power of mentor texts to spur authentic student writing. By helping students to recognize the “writing that is beneath all writing,” Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell provide a bank of rich, vibrant reading experiences that immerse young writers into deep study of both technique and genre. This book made me a better writing teacher, and it will make you a better writing teacher, too.—Kelly Gallagher, author of Write Like This
Wow! Writing with Mentors has transformed the way I think about using exemplar pieces. Instead of a writing instruction add-on, Allison and Rebekah show how mentor texts can—no, should— live as the heart-and-soul of a powerful writing classroom. Their vivid portraits of kids at work, sage advice, and plenty of tools, make it all feel possible. This book will mentor my teaching with texts for years to come.—Christopher Lehman, coauthor of Falling in Love With Close Reading
For decades, writing teachers have been encouraged to use mentor texts with their students as a way to introduce the elements of author's craft, examine structure, and revel in the joy of language. Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O'Dell have updated this advice for our modern age, providing dozens of mentor texts that teachers can use right away. More importantly, they also show us how to harness the power of the Internet to follow authors on Twitter, read the latest commentaries and news via RSS, and listen to podcast reviews of books, films, and music. No longer do we need to find mentor texts only on our book shelves; Marchetti and O'Dell show us many ways to write with the mentors that are part of our—and our students'—daily lives. —Troy Hicks, author of Crafting Digital Writing
Marchetti and O'Dell have woven together a gift for secondary teachers: A book plump with easy-to-access mentor texts, framed in the principles of writing workshop. Useful and extremely current. —Jeff Anderson, author of 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know and Mechanically Inclined
With a pen in one hand to take notes and my Smart phone in the other to scan the QR codes of the numerous mentor texts, I finished the book with an incredible amount of ideas to implement in my classroom and a list of mentor texts to use with my high school students. Writing with Mentors is a long-awaited book that illuminates the power of using mentor texts and gives teachers the tools to move their students to places in their writing beyond where they ever thought they could go.
—Laura LaVallee, English teacher, Portsmouth High School and NH Teacher of the Year finalist