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Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Carl Anderson

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 10:00am to 11:30am Eastern Time (ET).

  • Saturday, November 6, 2021

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


Every writing teacher asks this question: How do I teach my students to write well? The answer: Teach with mentor texts. To learn how to craft their writing in effective and beautiful ways, students need to see and study mentor texts in mini-lessons, small group lessons, and individual writing conferences in the writing workshop.

In this mini-workshop, Carl Anderson will explain how you can use mentor texts to teach students the craft of writing. You'll learn several practical steps you can take to integrate mentor texts into your teaching.

Learning Objectives

  • Know where to find and how to select good mentor texts
  • Understand how to analyze mentor texts to find multiple teaching points
  • Become familiar with strategies for "immersing" (or familiarizing) students with mentor texts at the beginning of a unit of study
  • Learn how to teach with mentor texts in mini-lessons, small group lessons, and writing conferences

About the Presenter

Carl Anderson is recognized internationally as an expert in writing instruction for grades K-8. He is the author of numerous books on teaching writing, including the forthcoming A Teacher's Guide to Mentor Texts K-5 (2022); A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences; and the best-selling How's It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers. Carl was a longtime staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, and taught elementary and middle school in New York City, Kentucky, and Illinois. He is known for the work he does as a consultant in schools and districts around the world, and for his keynote addresses, PD workshops, and webinars. Tweet him at @conferringcarl.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-8, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this virtual mini-workshop is $40.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 60 days.


Registrants will receive multiple emails from Heinemann, including enrollment confirmation, which also serves as your tuition receipt and contains some basic instructions. If you have not received your confirmation email within 48 hours of your registration, please contact us at or 800-541-2086, ext. 1151. Approximately two days prior to the event date you will receive an email with the PD event's Zoom link and log-in instructions.

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Upcoming Dates & Locations

11/06/2021 - 10:00-11:30am ET, Online

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