One of our topics led to mentor texts... and I can't stop thinking about this. Right now, I keep the picture books I use for minilessons (reading, writing, nonfiction studies) in my cabinet so that I can find them easily. Once I've shared them with kids, the books go on a display shelf until the shelf is full. Then I put those books back in the cabinet... but I will ALWAYS get them back out if one of my readers asks for a book.
*Enter Nicole and her marvelous questions*
What if we had a mentor text basket? Accessible to kids but easy for us to find.
Who are the books for... us or them?
What good are the books if they're sitting on my shelf?
We wouldn't have paid $16 (for hardcover books) if they weren't great!
See? She makes such good points! We both agreed that it's hard to keep these books in a place where kids can always access them because a) it makes it harder for us to find the books when we need them for read alouds/lessons and b) we want to keep these books in good condition since they're the ones we use for teaching. We both have extensive classroom libraries so kids have plenty of great books to read, but...
So, as you can tell, I'm still torn on what to do. We asked some of our Twitter friends, but I wanted to ask here, too. Where do you keep your mentor texts? Are they kept separate or mixed in with your classroom library? Do you keep a master list of mentor texts and possible minilessons for those books?
I'm looking forward to hearing your thinking!
|You can see a small portion of my classroom library in this picture.|