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Planning Writing Units Using Mentor Texts

Presented By Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O'Dell

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Date and Time

Three, 75-minute webinar sessions from 7:00pm to 8:15pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Thursday, August 19, 2021
  • Thursday, August 26, 2021
  • Thursday, September 2, 2021

Please note that this webinar series is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


In Writing With Mentors and Beyond Literary Analysis, Allison and Rebekah share that mentor texts "make anything possible." That's a tall order. So how do you get there? How do you get from the hopes and dreams you have for your students, to ideas for writing studies, to intentionally-planned units full of mentor texts to guide and inspire students?

In this webinar series, Allison and Rebekah will show participants how to find mentor texts that meet the needs of all their students—when they are learning from home and when they are learning in person! Participants will build a mentor text cluster, study mentor texts for writing lessons, and plan lessons to teach their students concrete writing skills—from idea development to structuring their writing to grammar lessons. Additionally, participants will explore and practice digital tools to facilitate this learning remotely. Participants will leave this webinar series with plentiful resources: multiple writing units grounded in mentor texts and created with their particular students in mind. And, best of all, they will leave having honed the skills to do this on their own in the future!

Learning Objectives


  • Choosing the right unit of writing study for your students right now
  • Finding mentor texts that meet your students' needs
  • Vetting and selecting mentor texts to use in a unit


  • Reading like a writer: a teacher's guide
  • Reading mentor texts like writers to find potential lessons
  • Finding patterns in mentor texts to create "musts" and "mights" for writers
  • Deciding on mini-lessons


  • Organizing mini-lessons into a unit calendar
  • The anatomy of a mini-lesson
  • Creating digital mini-lessons
  • Digital platforms to make workshop work
  • Assessing writing inspired by mentor texts

About the Presenters

Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O'Dell believe in the power of choice, authenticity, and students' voices in the reading and writing classroom. Traveling the country to work with teachers and students provides constant inspiration as they help educators do the hard and tranformative work of teaching real writing. In both public and independent schools, they have taught middle and high school students at all levels—from inclusion to AP and IB classes. They are the founders of the popular blog and the authors of Writing With Mentors and Beyond Literary Analysis.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-12, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators and administrators. While our examples will use texts appropriate for middle and high school, the procedure for planning using mentor texts works for K-5 teachers, too.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this three-part webinar series is $95.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the webinar series recording for 60 days.

Related Book

To support your learning in this webinar, we highly recommend Beyond Literary Analysis: Teaching Students to Write with Passion and Authority About Any Text.


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Upcoming Dates & Locations

08/19/2021-09/02/2021 - Starts August 19, 2021- 7:00-8:15pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 08/19/2021 - 09/02/2021* Where: Online

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