Nonfiction Mentor Text + a Giveaway
I’ve been thinking a lot about the balance of nonfiction and fiction texts in the classroom lately. Starting today, I’m making an effort to share more nonfiction picture books you can use as mentor texts in writing workshop. While I haven’t taken stock of how many fiction picture books I’ve recommended as mentor texts here through the years, I know it’s a lot more than the amount of nonfiction ones I’ve suggested. That being said, I have a great nonfiction book you can use in both social studies and writing workshop!
If your students are writing biographies or any kind of narrative nonfiction, then Hanging off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing Up on Mount Rushmore will be an excellent addition to your classroom library. Hanging off Jefferson’s Nose is the story of how Mount Rushmore was envisioned by sculptor Gutzon Borglum and how his vision was carried out by his son, Lincoln Borglum. The chronology of events begins in 1924 when the Borglums traveled to South Dakota to learn about the tourist attraction. However, it wasn’t until 1941 when Mount Rushmore was completed. The hard work and dedication that the Borglums and their crew is chronicled in this engaging text written by Tina Nichols Coury. Sally Wern Comport illustrated this book in a way that truly evokes the time period and the rugged conditions in which Mount Rushmore was built.
This book can serve as a nonfiction mentor text to teach the following craft moves: lead, satisfying ending, sequencing, setting details, vivid language/rich descriptions, and power of three. In addition, there are many conventions-type moves (e.g., using dashes, paragraphing, making dates flow in different parts of the sentence, you can use this book to for when you confer with students.
Here’s a peek at some interior spreads from the text:
This giveaway is for a copy of Hanging off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing Up on Mount Rushmore for one of our readers. Many for thanks to Dial Books for Young Readers for sponsoring this giveaway. To enter for a chance to win a copy of Hanging off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing Up on Mount Rushmore each reader may leave one comment about this post in the comments section of this post. Feel free to share your thoughts about how you would use this book in your classroom or about ways you use nonfiction mentor texts in your writing workshop. All comments left on or before Friday, August 24th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time will be entered into a random drawing using a random number generator on Sunday, August 26th. I will announce the winner’s name at the bottom of this post by August 27th. Please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address when you post your comment so I can contact you to obtain your mailing address and have my contact at Dial send the book out to you. Please note: Your e-mail address will not be published online.
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Thank you to everyone who left a comment about Hanging off Jefferson’s Nose. Congratulations to Chris whose comment number was picked using the random number generator. Chris said:
Great illustrations! I would use this during a study of narrative nonfiction…how to determine fact from fiction. It would also be great to study how illustrations make a nonfiction story even that more interesting.