Mentor Texts for Teaching
Wow! What an amazing time we have had in Fuzhou and it’s only the first week. In our group, we are using mentor texts to teach many different literacy strategies. The focus has been on interaction, comprehension and thinking skills. Teachers in my three classes had the opportunity to use the books, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go and The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss. We focused on turn & talk, peer & share, to discuss what each story was about along with the deeper meaning. We completed many comprehension activities by using story maps, venn diagrams, & sequential order. We completed many hands on activities to promote interaction with one another. The teachers were introduced to many different strategies to help students understand and retain vocabulary. The teachers completed writing activities, word splashes, acrostic poems and so much more and that was only the first week. Next week, the teachers will be introduced to Kevin Henkes, Laura Numeroff, David Shannon, Tomie dePaola, E.B. White and Roald Dahl. They will continue to learn how to use these mentor texts to teach literacy strategies with the focus on interaction, comprehension and critical thinking skills.