Through our professional development discussions, team dialogue, and meetings with Michelle, my beliefs around writing continue to be solidified. The idea that students need to be exposed to multiple examples (mentor texts) of a particular type of text so that they can study the craft moves of the author, along with studying the text features of a particular genre is one of my strongest beliefs about writing.
For example, right now we are studying non-fiction texts and their features. What I really enjoy about this unit is that students are looking at non-fiction texts such as: interview transcripts, documentary videos, and articles about the rain forest. These are types of non-fiction texts that I have typically not used before. Students are guided through taking notes on the various text features, as well as comparing and contrasting the different forms of non-fiction. Below is an example of one students text features notes. Through our immersion and close study, students will become very familiar with the text structures of non-fiction so that they can be confident in creating their own as our culminating project.