||Mentor Texts Lessons: Inspired by Chapter Book Excerpts... A WritingFix Teacher Workshop
inspiring students to write like their favorite chapter book authors
|"This class helped me realize that I often ask my kids to write without talking enough about what real writers do. Today's popular chapter books are a great way to get those kinds of conversations going." (Dave A., middle school teacher)
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How did this page of free lessons come about? In 2006, WritingFix and the Northern Nevada Writing Project received a generous grant that helped begin the very popular lesson collection you will find on this page. The generous $25,000 AT&T Grant, acquired with the help of the Washoe Education Foundation, allowed us to design and host a very different kind of inservice class for 100 Northern Nevada teachers, and that inservice made possible this page.
Members of the Northern Nevada Writing Project's Technology Team created and demonstrated seven brand new chapter book lessons to the first 100 teachers who signed up; they then gave away 100 copies of each of the chapter books so that class participants could teach any of the lessons back in their classrooms. At the inservice's end, each of the 100 participants brought in a different chapter book excerpt to share, and each wrote a brief proposal for a 6-trait lesson inspired by their books. The best of those proposals became the lessons you can find on this page.
Our Chapter Books Inservice continues in Northern Nevada. Each year, the NNWP offers a variation of the original 2006 Chapter Book inservice. Instead of giving away chapter books (since the grant is exhausted), we give to all class participants a copy of the NNWP's awesome print resource--The Going Deep with 6 Trait Language Guide (pictured at right). Our chapter book inservice remains highly popular, and each year we try to add up to four new lessons here from the most recent class's participants.
"I have now taken this [chapter book] inservice class twice, and I can't tell you what a delight it is to learn from presenters who show such a passion talking about well-written young adult literature. You've taught me to think about my favorite read-alouds with a writing teacher's eye. It's a wonderful gift!" (Kelli C., middle school teacher)
"After taking this workshop, I was inspired to design two writing lessons based on my two favorite read-alouds. I just finished teaching my lesson based on one of The Great Brain books [by John D. Fitzgerald], and it inspired some of the best writing I've ever received from my students. Thanks for inspiring me to inspire them!" (Debi S., elementary teacher)
Student samples being sought. Please enjoy the free-to-use lessons below from WritingFix, and please share them with your colleagues. If you notice we're missing a student sample of a certain grade level, contact us. We send a free copy of one of the NNWP's Print Resources to teachers who send us samples we can post at each of the lessons.
Propose your own Chapter Book Lesson! Join our WritingFix Family! Earn a classroom resource from the NNWP! If you like the lessons we've shared below, here's a challenge: share back with us! Propose your own chapter book-inspired lesson to be posted at WritingFix! Below is the template for chapter book lessons we use in our chapter book inservice workshop. If we end up using your lesson at WritingFix, we will send you any two of the NNWP's Print Resources as our way of saying thank-you for sharing your ideas with the thousands of teachers who use this website.