Writing Wednesday: Using SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY as a Writing Mentor Text

snowflake bentley


By Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Illustrated by Mary Azarian

Houghton Mifflin, 1998


I use this book for many things in the classroom. It’s a favorite we return to again and again. It’s a picture book biography of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, who lived on a farm but was passionate about photographing snowflakes when it had never been done before.

Since it’s snowy season here in North America, this is a great time to break out this book to read and enjoy, but also to use it as a mentor text for writing. It’s also a fabulous way to work in nonfiction as a writing mentor text.

Writing Skills:

* Organization of the text

* Leads (beginning lines)

* Sensory words

* Figurative Language

* Vivid Verbs

* Description

* Specificity of language


More Mentor Text Resources

Last week, I introduced my teacher useletter. I will feature writing tips and mentor text tips in this free useletter for teachers. Also, if you sign up, you get a FREE 50 page MENTOR TEXT TIPS printable e-book. Sign up on the sidebar to the right.

Mentor Text Resources

Mentor Text Lesson Plans

Mentor Text Tips

Glossary of Mentor Text Terms

List of all Picture Book Month Posts


Happy New Year: New Posts for Teachers and Writers in 2014

January is an exciting time—a time for new things. So on this blog, there will be some new things rolling out in 2014. Here are some of the things I have planned.

For Teachers

Teacher Useletter

I am introducing my useletter for teachers. I will include links to things from my blog and other information that I find. At most, it will come out monthly. If you sign up for my newsletter, you will get a 50 page e-book (printable PDF form) called MENTOR TEXT TIPS. Much of the information in the book was featured on my blog at one time, but I have restructured it, adding new information, and made it easy for you to download and print a copy for yourself.

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If you sign up, the e-book will be sent to you within a few hours. Sign up on the sidebar to the right.

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Writing Wednesdays

In addition, I will be featuring writing ideas and mentor texts for teachers more often this year. Every Wednesday will be Writing Wednesday. I will feature books, lesson plans, tips, or printables on Wednesdays.

For Writers

Making Time to Write Mondays

I will be continuing my Making Time to Write feature for writers on Mondays that will include productivity tips, writing tips, and more.

Mentor Texts for Writers

In 2014, I will also be spending some time exploring mentor texts for writers. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming series.