Picturebooks as mentor texts

A mentor text is a stellar text that can be used as a model to teach students how to write.

Marcie Flintchum-Atkins

There’s no need to put away the picture books once students are older. They come in handy in the high school classroom for teaching:

  • Plot structure (See my post Teaching Kids How To Structure A Story, making use of popular picture books.)
  • Colour Symbolism
  • Irony (especially the difference between words and pictures)
  • Camera angles
  • and many other things.

Over at Marcie’s blog is a collection of links about making use of mentor texts in the classroom.