Embedding Culturally Responsive Mentor Texts into Daily Writing Instruction

In order for students to feel valued in classrooms, they must be represented in the books shared with them. Whether it is the characters on the pages of read-alouds, the families, cultures, and settings represented in novels, or the author’s experiences that inspire picture books, students need to feel represented and heard. During this session, we will review mentor texts that can be more than simply books used to teach writing strategies and skills. These texts can also be springboards of ways to discuss important and timely issues with students, looking for ways to make a change for peace and justice.