Mentor Text Library Organization
I love using mentor texts to teach.
I mean I LOVE them. For ELA, of course. But also for social studies, math, science, growth mindset, holidays-I love them!
That means I have a LOT of books and accompanying lessons. At first, I was keeping them in file folders with other activities that went with that unit. This was becoming way too bulky for file cabinet drawers.
This is when I desperately decided to go to magazine holder boxes. I have cube storage shelves in a back room connected to my classroom, although this would work great for any shelf area you have available. You can find the boxes at any office supply store, IKEA, or you can make them yourself out of the flat rate shipping boxes from USPS!
I labeled each with a reading or writing strategy, or unit. Then I started to sort my mentor texts. These still don’t fit the largest of my books, but those can just slide in next to the box, outside of it.
Once my books were in the boxes, I started to put the lessons for each book right inside the cover. This keeps the lesson flat and clean, and it’s right there with the book when I want to teach it.
Now I can just grab a box when I’m ready to teach a unit. Inference? 12 books are ready and waiting. Organization? No problem-got the books and lessons.
My main curriculum creation goal for the rest of the school year/summer is to make mentor text lessons for upper elementary. Check out the ones I have done so far here! Follow my TpT store to stay up to date with all the titles and lessons I’ll be posting-like this fun water cycle mentor text activity!!