Mentor  Texts  in  a  Digital  Age  

  Presented  by  Kevin  Hodgson   Sixth  grade  teacher   William  E.  Norris  Elementary  School   Southampton,  MA   http://epencil.edublogs.org     A  mentor  text  is  a  piece  of  reading  or  writing  that  can  be  used  to  teach  a  writer   about  some  aspect  of  writer’s  process  or  craft.  What  happens  when  students  are   composing  digitally?  How  can  we  use  traditional  texts  to  inspire  digital   writing?     What  affordances  does  technology  bring  to  writing?   • Writer’s  Voice  (literally  and  figuratively)   • Authentic  Audience   • Compositional  flexibility   • Collaborative  elements   • Use  of  technology  for  meaningful  purpose     Make  your  Own  Adventure/Ending  Stories   • The  Choose  Your  Own  Adventure  Wiki:   http://editthis.info/choose_your_own_adventure/Main_Page   • Norris  students’  wiki  stories:  http://epencil.wikispaces.com/MakeAdventure       Digital  Science  Picture  Books   • The  Magic  School  Bus  Series:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magic_School_Bus     • Bringing  Digital  Pictures  to  Life  (at  the  National  Writing  Project  Digital  Is   website):  http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/606       The  Exquisite  Corpse  Collaborative  Story   • The  original  story  from  Read.gov:  http://read.gov/exquisite-­‐corpse/     • Norris  students’  Voicethread  chapters:   http://voicethread.com/#q.b769461.i4082385       This  I  Believe   • National  Public  Radio:  This  I  Believe  online  home:  http://thisibelieve.org/     • Dawn  Reed’s  This  I  Believe  unit:  http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/524       Claymation/Stopmotion  Moviemaking   • Wallace  and  Gromit:  http://www.wallaceandgromit.com/     • Making  Stopmotion  Movies  (my  online  resource  site):   http://stopmotionmovies.yolasite.com/