1st Edition

We Can Do This! Student Mentor Texts That Teach and Inspire

By Janiel Wagstaff Copyright 2017

    In We Can Do This! writing expert and Stella Writes author Janiel Wagstaff pairs examples of student writing with writing lessons. Student writing samples are extremely powerful tools for boosting the growth of young writers and the student samples provided in this book serve as mentor texts and the basis for each lesson. The samples are mentors that are doable for students: they highlight skills, strategies, craft moves, and traits within the reach of their intended audience. As teachers and students study the examples, they will think, I can do that! Additionally, samples that reflect the most common errors or trouble spots are included, enabling teachers to explicitly teach to these points.

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    Janiel Wagstaff has long been inspired by students’ voices. An elementary teacher for almost thirty years, she’s written fifteen books all focused on lifting literacy instruction, student performance, and motivation. The four books in her Stella Writes series have been widely praised as must-haves in the elementary classroom. A “teacher’s teacher,” Janiel regularly conducts workshops across the United States.