Don’t you just love to find mentor texts that make your head spin with ideas? Okay, maybe it’s just me.
But take a look at this one and see what you think: The 25 Songs That Matter Right Now, published in the NY Times.
I’m not sure how I’ll use it yet — I’m still trying to get my head wrapped around teaching seniors everything they can possibly need to know to be successful as readers and writers beyond high school when I only have them in class one semester. (We are on accelerated block.) But this text is way cool, and I think most of my students will like it.
It’s got music and images and music started playing without me even doing anything.
It’s got analysis and commentary and reflection. It’s multi-modal!
As I begin thinking and planning for what comes next in my instruction, I’m moving this to the top of my mentor text stack.
I’d love to know your ideas on how students might write beside it. Please leave your ideas in the comments.
Amy Rasmussen teaches senior English at a large suburban high school in North Texas. She loves her school, her students, and adding mentor texts to her ever-growing lists of “We Could Do This to Learn That.” She’s a bit of a fanatic about matching readers to books and writers to whatever it takes to help them amplify their voices. Follow Amy @amyrass — and if you’re reading this, our team would love it if you follow this blog if you aren’t already.