Today, I am linking up with Emily from The Reading Tutor / OG. She has started “Mentor Monday” for teachers to link up fantastic mentor texts for teaching writing to their kiddos. This week’s genre is personal narrative. This is not only my favorite genre of writing to teach, but also one the kids really seem to enjoy! Whenever I begin teaching personal narrative, I always begin with small moments. Many of the students are familiar with this term due to their wonderful teachers from the lower grades (I taught 4th grade most recently), but there are always new small moments to explore.
The book I chose to link up is Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. It is a sweet story of a young child who gets up in the middle of the night to take a walk with her dad, through the cold snow, to go “owling.” It always brings up discussions of traditions or routines the kids do with their parents, siblings, or other loved ones. It is such a simple thing, but the story is told in such a loving way that students realize that sometimes, the smallest things mean the most!
If you don’t have a copy of this book, or if you are looking for a different way to “read” with your students, there is a version of the book being read aloud on youtube here.
What is YOUR favorite small moment mentor text? I can’t wait to hear!