Craft Moves:  Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

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How do you choose mentor texts for your students? How do you mine them for the craft lessons you want your students to learn?

In Craft Moves, Stacey Shubitz, cofounder of the Two Writing Teachers website, does the heavy lifting for you: using twenty recently published picture books, she creates more than 180 lessons to teach various craft moves that will help your students become better writers.

Stacey first discusses picture books as teaching tools and offers ways to integrate them into your curriculum, and classroom discussions. She also shares routines and classroom procedures to help students focus on their writing during the independent writing portion of writing workshop and helps teachers prepare for small-group instruction.

Each of the 184 lessons in the book includes a publisher’s summary, a rationale or explanation of the craft move demonstrated in the book, and a procedure that takes teachers and students back into the mentor text to deepen their understanding of the selected craft move. A step-by-step guide demonstrates how to analyze a picture book for multiple craft moves.

Using picture books as mentor texts will help your students not only read as writers and write with joy but also become writers who can effectively communicate meaning, structure their writing, write with detail, and give their writing their own unique voice.

  • "Craft Moves is exactly what you’d expect from Stacey Shubitz—a book that’s as thoughtful as it is practical. Stacey understands that there’s no quick fix or formula for strong writing. It grows slowly and must be nourished by thoughtful teachers who bring powerful literature into the classroom. If you want to help your students improve the quality of their writing—and who doesn’t?—you’ll find Craft Moves a must-have resource."
  • Ralph Fletcher author of Making Nonfiction from Scratch

Grades:  K-5


Additional Information

Author Stacey Shubitz
Publisher Stenhouse
Publication Date 2016
Edition No
Pages 240
ISBN13 9781625310224