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Missouri Literacy Association

An Affiliate of International Literacy Association




The mission of the Missouri Literacy Association is to empower educators, ensure equity, inspire students & encourage leaders with the equitable resources they need to make literacy accessible for all in our diverse community.


Mentor Text

Click on the title to go to Goodreads for more information about the book.

These books are excellent mentor text for the skills/strategies listed.

However, we encourage teachers to always be on the lookout for a text that you are currently using or have used that could incorporate skills/strategies needed and provide possible instructional opportunities.  


WRITING MENTOR TEXT

Intro: Funny Story or Personal Anecdote



Twenty-two Cents

by Muhammad Yunus & the Village Bank

Published 2018

Intro: Thought Provoking Question



Elizabeth Leads the Way

By Elizabeth Cady Stanton & the Right to Vote

Published  2010


Intro: Introduce Narrator


After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

By Dan Santat

Published 2017



Don’t Touch My Hair

By Sharee Miller

Published 2018


Intro: Dramatic or Eye-Opening Statement



The Day You Begin

By Jacqueline Woodson

Published 2018



Eleanor, Quiet No More:

The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt

By Doreen Rappaport

Published 2009

Intro: Start in Middle of Scene – With Action or Dialogue


The Monster Who Ate My Peas

By Danny Schnitzlein

Published 2010


Ending: A Quote!



Liberty Rising: 

The Story of the Statue of Library

By Pegi Deitz Shea

Published 2013

Ending: A Surprise!



I Love My Purse

By Belle DeMont

Published 2017



The Day War Came

By Nicola Davies

Published 2018



Dad’s Camera

By Ross Watkins

Published 2018



The Remember Balloons

By Jessie Oliveros

Published 2018



Extra Yarn

By Mac Barnett

Published 2012

Ending: A Profound Thought!



My Hair is a Garden

By Cozbi Cabrera

Published 2018



I Am Jazz

By Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings

Published 2014


Ending: A Laugh!


Dog Breath:

The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis

By Dav Pilkey

Published 2019


Ending: A Literary Device


My Hair is a Garden (Metaphor)

By Cozbi Cabrera

Published 2018


Ending: A Question!


Now & Ben: 

The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

By Gene Barretta

Published 2008


Ending:  Circular Ending


A Piece of Home

By Jeri Watts

Published 2016



Grandpa’s Stories: 

A Book of Remembering

By Joseph Coelho & Allison Colpuys

Published 2019



Dragons Love Tacos

By Adam Rubin

Published  2013

VOICE - PICTURE BOOKS



The Most Magnificent Thing

By Ashley Spires

Published 2014



Be Kind

By Pat Zietlow Miller

Published 2018



The Pigeon Has to Go to School!

By Mo Willems

Published 2019


7 Ate 9

7 Ate 9:

The Untold Story

By Tara Lazar

Published 2017



Perfect

By Max Amato

Published 2019



That Is Not a Good Idea

By Mo Willems

Published 2013



Hats Are Not For Cats

By Jacqueline Rayner

Published 2019


VOICE -NONFICTION TEXT 


Can We Save the Tiger?

By Martin Jenkins

Published 2011



Hot Diggity Dog:

The History of the Hot Dog

By Adrienne Sylver

Published 2010


















 



READING MENTOR TEXT

For Modeling Nonfiction Reading Strategies



All Thirteen:

The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

By Christina Soontornvat

Published October 13, 2020


For Making Inferences

The Royal Bee 

By Frances Park & Ginger Park

Published 2000


For Making Predictions

For Beginning, Middle & Ending of a story


`The Monster Who Ate My Peas

By Danny Schnitzlein

Published 2001


For Making Inferences


Those Shoes

By Maribeth Boelts

Published 2009


For Making Predictions

For Making Inferences


Edward the Emu

By Sheena Knowles

Published 1998


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