Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mentor Text: Rocket Writes a Story

     Hello everyone! Over the upcoming weeks, I will be sharing books which I highlighted in a presentation in the fall at the Williamsburg Area Reading Council. I will first share some of the fiction selections. I will highlight some of my favorite nonfiction writers and great mentor texts in upcoming posts. :) Here is the first round of fiction texts that are wonderful mentor texts that can be used in many ways. I hope that you find some inspiration!

Written and Illustrated by Tad Hills
Schwartz and Wade, 2012

  • Highlight character traits of main character: How did the main characters act and why did they act that way?
  • Character who reads and writes
  • Life of a Writer: Working through the hard parts (writer's block)
  • Writing Traits:
    • ideas
    • sentence fluency
    • word choice
    • presentation
  • Sequel to the companion book How Rocket Learned to Read (Schwartz and Wade, 2010) 
Bonus links:
  • You can check out the iPad app that Tad Hills created that is based on How Rocket Learned to Read. This app is an extension of the text that makes the book come alive.  
  • This video about How Rocket Learned to Read is adorable! Be sure to watch it on YouTube.

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