As teachers, we all know how important it is for our students to learn to develop proper writing skills. Learning the six traits of writing is vital for our students to become good writers. Using mentor texts is also a great and fun way to teach and model these traits of writing!
When teaching the six traits, I select a picture book or mentor text in English or Spanish (depending on the language of the day) that my students will enjoy as a read aloud. We analyze the book together and review its ideas (theme), organization (story structure), word choice (descriptive words used and word phrases), voice (writer’s mood or personality), sentence fluency (review how
When modeling the six traits, I focus on one trait at a time through a mini-lesson. For example, when I focused on
I also created a story map as a visual for my students to see how the sequence of events
After our mini-lesson, my students created a three-way
I also modeled the other five traits through the use of this one mentor text! There
Mentor texts have always been part of my writing instruction. This is why I was