On The Heels of My Mentor!

Mentor Texts in the Classroom

Mentor Texts in the Classroom

Before reading of the mentor text and introducing the lesson, I asked the students to write down everything that came to mind when thinking of our school, what they heard, what they saw, what they smelled, what they felt, and if possible what were some of the tastes they associated with upon entering their school . Giving them five minutes, we then went around the room to share the first thing that came to mind.  I then explained our lists were going to help us to write a poem about our school, building up the excitement because of their love of poetry.

Then, on the heels of Aimee Buckner, I presented the mentor text, This is the Tree: A Story of the Baobab Tree, by Miriam Moss.  This was the opening of my lesson on the use of the patterned text that we would use to develop our own patterned stories about our school, Colton-Pierrepont Central School. 

Then I read the story, This is the Tree: A Story of the Baobab, by Miriam Moss.  We discussed the patterns – lines in a stanza, the repetition, and what each stanza was meant to show.  We also listed the descriptive words the author used to convey her message about the Baobab Tree.

Next, I said, now we are going to write, using Ms. Moss text as our mentor, to develop our own text about our school, Colton-Pierrepont Central.

Watch for upcoming voices of the third grade describing their school.

This is the School


This is the school that sparkles in the sun,

This is the school, that helps kids learn

This is the school where dreams are made.


This is the school, that is

just like a colt,

Still standing proud and brave.


This is the school,

where every member stays strong,

no matter what happens.


This is the school!

This is the BEST SCHOOL!

Colton-Pierrepont Central School!


By: Jayden Burcume

Still Standing in the third grade

With Ideas to share!