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Mentor Texts:  Teaching Writing Through Children’s Literature K – 6  by Lynne R. Dorfman and Rose Cappelli

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If you believe that in order to become writers, children need to be exposed to excellent mentor texts, you will appreciate this resource.  Written in a conversational style, the authors share strategies for teaching students to become real writers.  With ideas for teaching students how to hook their readers, write about a moment in time, craft a memorable ending and more, this book is a treasure!  The authors also thoughtfully included more than thirty pages of suggested book titles to use with the strategies in this book.

The Common Core Writing Book by Gretchen Owocki

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One of the awesome teachers I worked with last year had a copy of The Common Core Writing Book by Gretchen Owocki.  After reading the first chapter, I knew it was a resource I wanted to own.  I highly recommend it if you are looking for the best guide for teaching writing using the Common Core State Standards.   Written in an easy-to-read style and containing lesson ideas, graphic organizers, user-friendly standards checklists, lists of mentor texts, and record keeping pages for teachers, this practical guide is a must have for teachers who want to teach writing well.  Post a reply if you have further questions or want to make a comment about this terrific resource!