In this chapter, Troy Hicks and Andy Schoenborn build on their stance of encouragement. They argue that exploring mentor texts creates confident writers by:
- Showing writers models that they can emulate, from a few words to entire essays;
- Inspiring them to make choices about tone and style, taking a risk with their writer’s voice;
- Sparking their curiosity about new authors, genres, and means of publication;
- Bringing the eye of the writer to their perspective as readers, looking for inspiration in fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.
Here are the links presented in the chapter, in order:
Some Sources for High-Quality Mentor Texts
- The New York Times
- The Atlantic
- National Public Radio (NPR)
- Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
- Please share additional suggestions with us: Andy (@aschoenborn) and Troy (@hickstro)
Activity 3.1: Answering the Call: Writing Guest Blog Posts for the Nerdy Book Club
- Want to Be a Nerdy Blogger?
- Geisthardt, H. (2018, April 14). Top Ten LGBTQ+ YA Novels for All Tastes.
Activity 3.2: Pecha Kucha–Style Talks
- Lily. (2019). The Consequences of Vanity.
3.3.1: Multimedia Journalism as a Mentor Text
- Branch, J. (2012). Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.
- Duenes, S., Kissane, E., Kueneman, A., Myint, J., Roberts, G., & Spangler, C. (n.d.). How We Made Snow Fall: A Q&A with the New York Times team.
- “Why Am I Here? Examining the Role of Place and Purpose on People” Multimodal Project