Using Mentor Texts to Create Engaging Grammar Lessons

Madison Cummins-Freund, April M. Burke

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Mentor texts can take various forms, from children and young adult literature to texts on websites and blogs. These texts serve as models for developing writers. As the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) (2004) explain, “In order to take on a particular style of language, the writer needs to have read that language, to have heard it in his or her mind, so that he or she can hear it again in order to compose it.” Mentor texts can also be used to introduce and reinforce grammatical concepts. In this article, we summarize the advice we shared at the 2019 MITESOL Conference for using mentor texts to teach grammar to English learners (ELs). We focus on four types of mentor texts that can be used to create engaging lessons for ELs: children’s and young adult literature, graphic novels and comic strips, bilingual texts, and online resources.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMichigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MITESOL) Messages
StatePublished - Feb 15 2020


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