Mentor Texts for Writers Resources

On January 15, 2014, I did a webinar for WOW nonfiction picture book writers. If you are interested in hearing the replay, here is the link.

Link to Mentor Texts for Writers Webinar

My apologies for the technology glitches in the beginning.

Below are the resources I gave everyone that went along with the webinar.

Webinar Screenshot

Notes and Printables

Slides from the presentation (PDF)

Marcie Atkins’ notes from the presentation (PDF)

Nonfiction Book List (PDF)

Strengths and Weaknesses Worksheet (PDF)

Macro and Micro Skills to Work On Using Mentor Texts (PDF)

Plot Clock

Plot Clock Diagram (Rob Sanders’ blog)

Plot Clock Explanation (Rob Sanders’ blog)

Plot Clock Example using MOSTLY MONSTERLY by Tammi Sauer (Rob Sanders’ blog)

Plot Clock Template to Cut Apart (PDF by Marcie Atkins)

Picture Book Essentials Class with Joyce Sweeney (one of her lessons, she goes into great detail about the Plot Clock)

Using this hands-on plot clock with one of my manuscripts

Using this hands-on plot clock with one of my manuscripts

Picture Books Mentioned

GEORGE DID IT by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain

HERE COME THE HUMPBACKS by April Pulley Sayre

HOT ROD HAMSTER by Cynthia Lord

LOVABYE DRAGON by Barbara Joosse

MARTIN & MAHALIA: HIS WORDS HER SONG by Andrea Davis Pinkney

MIRACLE MUD: LENA BLACKBURNE AND THE SECRET MUD THAT CHANGED BASEBALL by David A. Kelley

MOONSHOT by Brian Floca

MOSTLY MONSTERLY by Tammi Sauer

MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS by Tammi Sauer

NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED by Mo Willems

NOAH WEBSTER AND HIS WORDS by Jeri Chase Ferris

OH NUTS! by Tammi Sauer

OLIVIA by Ian Falconer

RATTLETRAP CAR by Phyllis Root

A SEED IS SLEEPY by Dianna Aston

THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILDS A LIBRARY by Barb Rosenstock

THE TREE LADY by H. Joseph Hopkins

VAMPIRINA BALLERINA by Anne Marie Pace

Middle Grade Books Mentioned

BREADCRUMBS by Anne Ursu

LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY by Gary Schmidt

THE SMALL ADVENTURE OF POPEYE AND ELVIS by Barbara O’Connor

Writer’s Craft Books Mentioned

OUTLIERS by Malcolm Gladwell (not a writing craft book, but has implications for the creative life)

PLOT AND STRUCTURE by James Scott Bell (the exercise I specifically mentioned is on p. 214-215 of the print version)

WRITING PICTURE BOOKS by Ann Whitford Paul

Resources

Some of these are for teachers, but you can use the same techniques to make your own writing better. I do.

Mentor Text Resource Page

Mentor Text Glossary

Mentor Text Spreadsheet

Articles

Reading and Studying Mentor Texts (DIYMFA, August 16, 2013) by Marcie Flinchum Atkins

Video

 

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

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