The Littlest Matryoshka
The Empty Pot
In this book, the Emperor was looking for a heir. To decide, he gave everyone a seed. Whoever could grow their seed into the most beautiful flower would be the heir. When the people in the village noticed that their plants aren’t growing and they replaced them. Everyone does so, except for Ping. Ping returns to the Emperor with an empty pot.
As the reader, I was doubting Ping the entire way through the book. I mentally made a change in thinking as I grew to see what was happening. It’s a great book and I wish I hadn’t ignored it for so long!
This book is sweet, adorable, and simple enough to see the lightbulb illuminate as you and your students make a synthesis!
The Giving Tree
In this book, I feel that the reader should certainly be making a shift in thinking as we repeatedly watch the tree make sacrifice after sacrifice for the boy. Just as much as we can predict what is about to happen, we can see that the tree’s happiness will be short-lived. How can this relate to your students’ struggles? Their friends? The lives of an upper elementary student’s parent?
Do you love mentor texts as much as I do? Have trouble organizing them all?
Do you want to use mentor texts but you don’t know where to start?
I have a FREE Mentor Text Cheat Sheet for you! In this Google Sheet, you’ll find MY list of Mentor Texts and the reading skills that I use them to teach. You can add your own books, sort by author or reading skills, find shortcuts to my blog posts, AND
Choose from a dropdown menu to show where you can find the book. For example, I use a boatload of mentor texts in my reading instruction. I can’t afford to buy them all. I find some in our school library, the local library, borrow from my teacher friends, and SOME of them, I do own!
Using the dropdown menu, you can easily remind yourself where you can find your mentor text when you need it! Click the image above OR click here to grab it.