I've read over 300 books so far in 2016. These are some of my favorites that have
become my mentor texts.
Then as I read through the mentor texts, I fell in love with a few of them. I read and reread them, trying to figure out why I found them so compelling. They were books I wish I had written, books like the ones I wanted to write.
So I opened the Broas’ worksheet and looked at it again. Then, I made a little folder on my desktop, copied the PDF into a Word document that I could easily edit, and began filling in the worksheets for the twenty or so books that I’d already decided I wanted to study from the first week's reading.
Broas’ talks about how to approach mentor texts (and how to use her worksheet) on a guest post in Carrie Charley Brown’s site, but Broas' blog is also a rich resource. On Feb. 8, 2016 she posted a wonderful analysis of breaking the fourth wall in picture books. I signed up for her blog updates. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.