This being said, I was a little foggy as to how to actually incorporate mentor texts into the classroom. I found this Edutopia article online, which details how to used mentor texts in the classroom: "Using Mentor Texts to Motivate and Support Student Writers." The article argues that mentor texts give the examples that students need in order for them to see how writing is really done. The most important step that she mentions is to deconstruct good writing. Students need to have time to collaboratively explain why the mentor text is “good writing.” They can do this in a workshop style setting or something similar.
Rebecca Alber stresses that the next step is one of the most important. Students need to use what they’ve just seen in their own writing. Alber writes, “Give your students time to practice writing what they just learned. And not just time but make it low-stakes -- no grading, no evaluation, no rubric -- simply time to explode on a page, take chances, be whimisical, be daring: firewrite!” Students have to have time to manipulate language on their own for the lessons they’ve learned using mentor texts to really sink in.
Lastly, the author lists several sites which have quality mentor texts for the classroom. This article helped me to really understand how to practically use mentor texts in my future classroom.
Rebecca Alber. “Using Mentor Texts to Motivate and Support Student Writers.” Edutopia. Edutopia, 31 July 2014. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.