Unit 3: Preparing for Unit Planning with a Mentor Text


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With the foundation in place, let's begin to apply the concept of mentor texts to a larger unit and performance task using backwards design. In this unit you will practice application of mentor texts and begin to select mentor texts to support your unit's writing task.

Materials and Resources

  • Your unit plan or outline
  • Your unit texts
  • Any supporting resources for your writing task (rubrics, assignment sheets, graphic organizers, etc.)
  • Digital Bulletin Board powered by Padlet [1]


3.1: Thematic v. Genre-Based Units

3.2: Unit Writing Tasks

3.3: Evaluating Unit Texts to Serve as Mentors

3.4: Mentor Text- Whole Text v. Chunking