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Mentor Texts That Multitask [Grades K-8]

A Less-Is-More Approach to Integrated Literacy Instruction
First Edition
By: Pamela Koutrakos
Packed with ready-to-go lessons and tools, this user-friendly resource provides ways to weave together different aspects of literacy using one mentor text. 

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071836132
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 296
  • Publication date: January 19, 2022

Price: $39.95



Streamline literacy learning with power-packed children’s books

Two of the most common challenges educators face is lack of time and resources. In Mentor Texts That Multitask, Pam Koutrakos shows how to streamline literacy instruction by using a single mentor text to teach reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, speaking, and listening. When you integrate literacy instruction this way, concepts start to come together more clearly for children – and teachers save time and expense.

This user-friendly resource is packed with ready-to-go lessons and tools to create, plan, and teach using multitasking texts. The lessons and accompanying ideas can jumpstart learning in the classroom by integrating and connecting literacy concepts in time-efficient ways. Resources include

  • Full lessons centered on high-quality children’s literature to take the guesswork out of planning
  • A DIY section to help teachers plan and teach lessons around other favorite texts
  • Dozens of student and classroom examples to show you what’s possible
  • Printables available online to help with immediate implementation.

Designed to help teachers build a more inclusive classroom library and instructional practice, this guide highlights texts that represent and celebrate a multitude of characters and topics.



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Pamela Koutrakos

Pam Koutrakos is an experienced and enthusiastic educator who currently works as a middle school instructional coach. She also writes, presents, and works directly with PreK-12 teachers, coaches, and administrators as a consultant. Pam is the author of Word Study That Sticks: Best Practices K-6 (Corwin, 2018) and The Word Study That Sticks Companion: Classroom-Ready Tools for teachers and Students, K-6 (Corwin, 2019) and Mentor Texts That Multitask: A Less-Is-More Approach to Integrated Literacy Instruction, K-8 (Corwin, 2022). Connect with Pam on Twitter (@PamKou), Instagram (@Pam.Kou), and LinkedIn.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Part 1: The Essentials of Multitasking Mentor

Chapter 1: What is a Multitasking Mentor Text?

Chapter 2: Instructional Practices that Support Mentor Text Multitasking

Part 2: Teaching with Multitasking Mentor Texts

Chapter 3: Wordless Texts and Images

Chapter 4: Graphic Texts

Chapter 5: Realistic Fiction

Chapter 6: Creative Nonfiction: Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoir

Chapter 7: Informational Texts

Chapter 8: Poetry

Part 3: You've Got This!

Chapter 9: DIY Processes for Creating Multitasking Lesson Sets

Chapter 10: Stepping Aside: Student-Initiated Learning with Multitasking Mentor Texts





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