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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mentor Text of the Week- A Cool Drink of Water

This week's text is...
A Cool Drink of Water by Barbara Kerley
You can click on the title above to purchase the mentor text from amazon.com
This text is a narrative nonfiction piece of text, most appropriate for students in the upper grades,
although it can be used in the primary grades as well.  

Possible Minilessons for Writing Workshop:

  • List structure
  • Use of font, capitals, italics to emphasize certain words/ideas.  
  • Use of ellipses to get reader ready for a list
  • ​Engaging photographs depicting the use of water all over the world
  • Vivid verbs start off each page
  • Specific adjectives/word choice
  • Repetition
  • Varied sentence lengths
  • Varied sentence beginnings
  • Content specific vocabulary introduced 
  • Conclusion that relates the topic to each reader and wraps up the text
  • Extra information about the topic ("A cool drink around the WORLD")
  • Maps
  • Clever title
  • ​Note from Scholastic at the back of the book about their effort to lessen environmental waste
  • Interesting quotes about water from various figures at various times in civilization
  • Letter at the back about water conservation from the President and C.E.O. of the National Georgraohic Society​

    Click here for a Teacher's Guide for this book