Wordmark: Building Literacy
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Using Independent Reading as Mentor Texts

Presenter: Dr. AmyK Conley
Session 3 | Sequoia A


Independent reading can be so varied that teachers aren’t sure how to assess or connect to writing, but it can be used to support reading and writing fluency and work on writing craft as a mentor text. Even very young children benefit from independent reading. Teaching writing craft using independent reading as a mentor text allows choice in reading and direct instruction in writing.

About the Presenter

Dr. AmyK Conley is a lecturer and supervisor at Cal Poly Humboldt in literacy in the education department. She served as a high school English teacher for 21 years, where she worked to promote educational programs that foster excellence in service-learning, literacy, and equity. Currently, she works on literacy teacher preparation and professional development.