Mentor Text Book Lists for Writing & Reading Instruction

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Mentor texts are books that model for students what good writers do — the craft and skills involved in writing. Mentor texts give children authentic, real-world examples of different kinds of writing from which they can learn.

When we ask children to read published books and articles, it gives them examples they can learn from. When we read critically / metacognitively, we can notice how other writers write and the specific craft techniques that writers use.

I’m continuing to make lists for teachers and homeschoolers to use for different topics. Here are the lists that I have so far. I hope they’re helpful.

Mentor Text Book Lists

Description (Sensory Details)


How-To / Procedural



Personal Narrative


Problem / Solution

Sequencing (Beginning, Middle, End)

Similes & Metaphors (Figurative Language)

Small Moments

Word Choice

Writing a Story (Ideas, Plot, Setting, Characters, Drafting, etc.)

mentor text book lists for elementary classroom teachers and homeschoolers