The Best Mentor Text Books for Teaching Writing & Writer’s Workshop

Here is a list of my favorite books to use as mentor texts for teaching writing and writer’s workshop. I selected these texts based on my own experiences teaching writing in the classroom and to intentionally incorporate diversity.

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Narrative Mentor Texts to Spark Ideas

Girl reading Hair Love mentor text

Narrative Mentor Texts to Teach Craft and Structure

  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
    • Story beginnings with character description
    • Character development
    • Story ending with a lesson learned
  • Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
    • Beginning with setting description
    • Character development through thoughts, feelings, and actions
    • Ending with leaving the reader feeling satisfied
  • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
    • Beginning with character feelings
    • Passing time
    • Ending leaves the reader satisfied
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
    • Setting description
    • Beautiful language choice
  • Home Place by Crescent Dragonwagon
    • Setting Description
  • The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
    • Character & Setting Description
  • The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania
    • Theme
    • Story ending with theme and circle story
  • The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
    • Sensory Details and Onomatopoeia

Persuasive and Opinion Mentor Texts

Picture of mentor texts that I use for teaching writing

Expository and Report Writing

Mentor text book covers

Explanatory Procedural Writing

Looking for More Writer’s Workshop Tips?

If you’re interested in learning more about using mentor text books in your writer’s workshop, check out my Tips for Teaching Writing Workshop.

I hope you love using these mentor texts to support your writing instruction as much as I do!

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