Today I'm sharing a quick post about using a Mentor Text when teaching Conclusions. As a sixth grade teacher, I often am balancing the line between Lucy Calkins and Nancy Atwell in my writing program. We sometimes fit in one place, and at other times are better fit for the other. When I begin to teach strong conclusion writing with my students, I start with the easiest type first: Echos. I teach students to paraphrase what we have done with our lead paragraphs. A simple mentor text to teach this is The Outsiders by SE Hinton.
The beginning and ending of The Outsiders shows how the book comes full circle all based on this powerful line:
"When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had two things on my mind: Paul Newman, and a ride home..."
When I use this book, I also continue to read the first paragraph which helps to make the connection to the echo at the end. I do not read the entire book as it is not really appropriate for the 11 year olds that I teach, but it does show a simple purpose, and it makes the kids feel a little more grown up.
What books do you use to teach strong conclusions? Share with me a comment or two below so I can add to my book collection, and stop over to visit the Collaboration Cuties for more ideas of Mentor Texts for Language Arts. Enjoy your Sunday!