We made serious progress this week, guys. It was a week of mentor texts, mentor text analysis, drawing/making/creating, musical chairs, and a STEAM Academy Rube-Goldberg challenge. I'll call that a win.
First things first. Early in the week we DEFINED mentor texts and we talked about WHY we'll use them to improve and elevate our writing. See below:
I talked to you about crocheting Katniss scarves and about my own mentor, my teaching sensei. We then took a look at a few portraits from Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Dreamers and did a fair bit of analysis with our "noticings."
You were then tasked with creating your own portraits in the style of AWTD, and to use AWTD as your very first mentor text. When you had questions, I'd say, "what does the mentor tell you?" When you wanted to know how many illustrations, what colors, and what topics, again, "what does the mentor do?" You get the idea. Here was your task:
Finally, we had a day of Mentor Text Musical chairs, and man did you make my heart happy! The idea was to groove, walk around, sit down, and Read Like Writers. More on this next week, but you guys did a tremendous job, and you ended up building some really solid lists of the characteristics of literary vignettes.
So, woo woo! Well done, young grasshoppers.
Your teacher, Mrs. Hilliard :)