Using Mentor Texts to Enhance Your Literacy Block

Our classrooms are full of invaluable tools that can equip our students with critical thinking skills and spark a lifelong love of reading and writing. Can you guess what these tools are? It’s mentor texts!

Utilizing the right mentor texts can completely transform your instruction and your students’ experiences with literacy. In this episode, we will explore the purpose behind using mentor texts, what research says about their effectiveness, how to choose the right ones, and unique ways to incorporate them into your literacy block. 

After listening, you can save time rummaging through your library by grabbing my free list of mentor texts. Enjoy bringing the magic of reading to life in your classroom!

Episode Highlights:

02:17 Defining what a mentor text really is (hint: not all picture books are mentor texts!)

04:34 Why mentor texts should be an essential component in our instruction

09:10  What the research says about mentor texts

12:37 – What goes into choosing the right mentor texts, plus a free resource that has done the hard work for you!

20:56 – Actionable and unique ways that you can use mentor texts

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Welcome to The Literacy Lounge!

This is a podcast designed for elementary school teachers and homeschool parents on a mission to master the art of literacy instruction and cultivate a love of reading in students. Join your host, Ciera Harris, as she opens the door to a world of transformative teaching strategies that will make you a literacy champion in your classroom.