Posted by: nancyisanders | October 22, 2014

Writing Opportunity: Your Mentor Text

Today I was clicking on Kaeden’s list of nonfiction books when I discovered that their book, THE BIRD FEEDER, has the entire story available for viewing if you click on GOOGLE PREVIEW.

We can actually see how the story is laid out, line by line and page by page from beginning to end! This is really helpful because this is the first time I’ve seen how the twist at the end actually takes place.

So after I read through this, I typed out the book, line by line EXACTLY how it appears. For example, here is what my typed document looks like:

The Bird Feeder
Written by Mia Coulton
Copyright © 2014

Table of Contents
Blue Bird…4
Red Birds…6
Black Birds…8
Brown Birds…10
Yellow Birds…12
Squirrel…14
Glossary…15
Index…16

Page 4 Blue Bird
One blue bird is
on the bird feeder.
Page 5
Male and female Blue
Jays are the same color.
Acorns are their favorite
food.

I’ve decided to use THE BIRD FEEDER as my mentor text for writing and submitting my own story to Kaeden Books. If you want to write a nonfiction title at this level, you can use it, too!

For starters, just focus on the main nonfiction story (not the nonfiction facts).

For example, the main nonfiction story in The Bird Feeder is:

One blue bird is
on the bird feeder.

Two red birds are
on the bird feeder.

Be sure to keep the word count in each sentence of your story the same as your mentor text.
Be sure to keep the repetition of words in your story similar as your mentor text.
Be sure to keep the page count in your story the same as your mentor text.
Be sure to add a twist at the end of your story similar to your mentor text.

So go ahead. Just type out your own story idea that you came up with from the last post I did on brainstorming ideas.

Be sure to type it up exactly how your mentor text does.

We’ll talk about what to do next in an upcoming post.

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