Mentor Texts Provide Input

  Mentor Texts

The suggested mentor texts, listed in each grade level’s Curriculum Guide, provide writing and plot models and enhance the lessons. Some of the books set the topic of the personal narrative or the genre of the week. Others model a certain plot and still others model rich content vocabulary or style. Several model forms of figurative language. Once you get comfortable with the scope and sequence of skills and genres, you may substitute other books with the same theme, content, style or plot.

Your school may have most of these books in the Media Center. If not, you may order them through Used library books are durable and inexpensive. A detailed list with authors is available in each Curriculum Guide and in the Administrative Support.

Why Mentor Texts?

Students learn to write by reading models, mentor texts and receiving explicit skill instruction. Not only does reading supply the information that writers need, but reading also develops awareness of what writing is supposed to look like.

Writing style is a special kind of language. Unlike speech, writing involves conventions such as spelling, punctuation, the creation of complete sentences, sentence variation and certain expressions and sentence structures heard rarely in speech but seen often in written text (Benjamin, Hugelmeyer 92).

Readers may become better readers by reading more, but writers do not become better writers by writing alone. Since language is acquired “from input, not output, from comprehension, not production” (Krashen136), the reason we cannot learn writing by simply writing more makes sense.

In order for students to be successful, confident writers, they must read mentor texts, view writing models and receive explicit instruction in sentence building and writer’s craft. Writing Alive provides these.



The Kissing Hand
The Little Engine That Could
Big Pumpkin
The Legend of Spookly the Square Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden
The Runaway Pumpkin
A Plump and Perky Turkey
Thanks for Thanksgiving or
Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks or
The Night Before Thanksgiving
Froggy Eats Out
The Shopping Expedition
I Lost My Bear!
The Wild Toboggan Ride
Marco Flamingo
Martin Luther King books
The Three Little Pigs
Three Little Fish & Big Bad Shark
Alaska’s Three Little Pigs
Three Hawaiian Pigs & Big Bad Shark
Red, Red, Red
The Three Bears
Down Comes the Rain
The Puddle
The Cat in the Hat
Rainy, Rainy Saturday Poetry
Flash, Crash, Rumble and Roll
The Tiny Seed
The Mother’s Day Mice
Leo the Late Bloomer

The Wolf’s Chicken Stew
My Big Dog
Animal Babies
I See Animals Hiding,
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Who do You See?
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
The Hungry Caterpillar
Recess Mess;
Arthur’s Halloween Costume
That’s What Friends Are For
They Thought They Saw Him
How to Hide an Octopus
What is Camouflage?
Animals in Disguise
How the Guinea Fowl Got Her Spots
Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night
Henny Penny,
Chicken Little
Slow Days,
Fast Friends
The Perfect Nest
Feliz Cumpleanos, Gus
I Want Two Birthdays
Snowmen at Night
Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink
When Dinosaurs Came with Everything; Abe Lincoln’s Hat
Abe’s Honest Words
Abe Lincoln, Boy Who Loved Books
If You Take a Mouse to School
My Tooth is About to Fall
Out Sleepover at Grandma’s
Froggy’s Sleepover (Spanish)
The Mother’s Day Mice
Flash, Crash, Rumble, Roll
The Jolly Postman

Finklehopper Frog
Belly Button Boy Ghost’s Hour, Spook’s Hour Feliz Cumpleanos, Gus (Spanish)
Whose Birthday is it?
Froggy’s Sleepover (English and Spanish)
Days with Frog and Toad,
“The Kite”
Flip, Float, Fly Seeds on the Move
Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds
The Secret Shortcut
Officer Buckle and Gloria
Random House Book of Poetry
When I Was Little
The Snow Speaks
The Dog Who Cried Wolf
Walk with a Wolf Read and Wonder
Nutik, the Wolf Pup
Look to the North - A Wolf Pup Diary
Wolves for Kids
Wolf Pack - Tracking Wolves in the Wild
If You Take a Mouse to School
Days with Frog and Toad, “The Hat”
That’s What Friends Are For
And To Think That We Thought We Would Never Be Friends
Smart About: George W. Carver-Peanut Wizard
Great African Americans: George W. Carver Peanut Scientist: George Washington Carver
How to Draw Cats
The Life Cycle of a Frog -
El Ciclo De Vida De La Rana
Little Red Riding Hood (Spanish)
Sleeping Beauty, Sleeping Ugly
Help Me, Mr. Mutt!




The Gigantic Turnip
A. Tolstoy
The Enormous Potato
A. Davis
Big Pumpkin
Erica Silverman
The Giant Carrot
Jan Peck
The Giant Cabbage
Cheri B. Stihler
John A. Rowe
The Big Orange
Splot M. Pinkwater
Gilberto and the Wind
Marie Ets
I Love the Rain Penguins!
Wayne Lynch
Endangered Penguins
Penguin Chick
Who Has Seen the Wind?
Star in the Forest
The Stories Julian Tells
String Bean’s Trip to the Shining Sea
A Wish for Wings that Work
So you want to be an inventor…
The Courage of Sarah Nobel
Ruby Bridges: Through My Eyes
Web E.B. White

The Three Billy Goats
Gruff P. Galdone
The Three Billy Goats Gruff/Just a Plain Old Troll - Another Point of View (Flipbook) 
Alvin Granowsky
The Mean Calypso
Joe  C. Youngquist
The Three Billy Goats Gruff, A Norwegian Folktale  
Ellen Appleby
Los Tres Chivitos
 Carol Ottolenghi
The Great Fuzz Frenzy
J. Stevens
The Little Red Hen
Paul Galdone
Janet Stevens
Flora & Ulysses: The illuminated Adventures 
Kate ViCamallio
Voices in the Park
  Anthony Browne
Poetry: If You Want To Find Golden
Eileen Spinelli
Teammates Peter Golenbock
The Talking Egg  Robert San Souci

Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deeds
Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

The Heart, Our Circulatory System
The Amazing Circulatory System
The Three Little Pigs (5-8 of each
The 3 Little Pigs, The Three Little Pigs,
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
The True Story of the 3 Llittle Pigs
Colonial Relutionary Wartime:
Historical Fiction and Non-fiction


Feathers and Fools
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
Maniac McGee
Swine Lake
Swan Lake
Wrong Number Script
Where the Sidewalk Ends
But That's Another Story

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