Higher Level Mentor Texts, 5th Grade from Molly Kirk

Molly Kirk teaches 5th grade at Foothill Elementary in Boulder. For her CWP 2 research project, she created a database of mentor texts to use with her students. In her research paper, Molly explained the resource she wanted:

I have been using mentor texts for writing for the past two years and love how quickly my students connect to them and how they return to them over and over again.  My teaching partner and I thought it might be most useful to use those mentor texts for two reasons – for guiding writing and for guiding souls.  What if every text we used was not just laced with amazing writing craft but also with great life advice?  What if we focused on CCSS AND helping our students find connection, compassion and character while they are learning?  I set out to create a resource that was tailored to meet both of those criteria.

You can find the database she built here.

 

Molly completed CWP 1 in June of 2013 and CWP 2 in June of 2015.

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