Writing Mini-Lessons

Mentor Texts

Satisfying Endings

Writing Trait/Strategy: Organization; Endings Mentor Text Suggestions: Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies Just Like Daddy by Frank Asch The

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Attention-Grabbing Leads

Writing Trait/Strategy:Organization Mentor Text Suggestions:Hey Al by Arthur Yorinks (description of character and question)Bigmama’s by Donald Crews (question)My Mama Had

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Sharpening the Focus

Writing Trait/Strategy:Ideas; Organization Mentor Text Suggestions:A Writer’s Notebook by Ralph FletcherMy Father’s Hands by Joanne Ryder“Ga-Ga’s Hands” from Confessions of

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Using Color

Writing Trait/Strategy:word choice; sentence fluency Mentor Text Suggestions:Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’NeillWhite is for Blueberry by George ShannonColor

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Glue Words (Transitions)

Writing Trait/Strategy:word choice; organization; revision Mentor Text Suggestions:Cow by Jules OlderOne Dark Night by Lisa WheelerWhen a Monster is Born

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Fancy Words

Writing Trait/Strategy:Word choice/Word awareness Mentor Text Suggestions:Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’ConnorDonovan’s Word Jar by Monlisa DegrossMiss Alaineous by Debra

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Name Dropping

Writing Trait/Strategy:Generating ideas; write about what you know Mentor Text Suggestions: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes Gooney Bird Greene by Lois

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Mining Memories

Writing Trait/Strategy:Where authors get ideas; ideas trait Mentor Text Suggestions:Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem FoxMemory String by Eve BuntingThe

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