search for books and compare prices
cover image
The Narrative Writing Toolkit: Using Mentor Texts in Grades 3-8
The price is the lowest for any condition, which may be new or used; other conditions may also be available. Rental copies must be returned at the end of the designated period, and may involve a deposit.
Jump down to see edition details for: Hardcover | Paperback
Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Routledge
Publication date April 5, 2016
Pages 160
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781138101524
ISBN-10 1138101524
Dimensions 0.75 by 7.25 by 10.25 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Original list price $125.00
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description:

In order for students to write effective narratives, they need to read good narratives. In this practical book, you’ll find out how to use mentor texts to make narrative writing instruction more meaningful, authentic, and successful. Author Sean Ruday demonstrates how you can teach elementary and middle school students to analyze the qualities of effective narratives and then help them think of those qualities as tools to improve their own writing. You’ll learn how to:

  • Introduce your students to the key features of a successful narrative, such as engaging the reader, organizing an event sequence, and crafting a strong conclusion.
  • Assess students’ writing by evaluating the specific attributes of an effective narrative.
  • Make narrative writing an interactive, student-driven exercise in which students pursue their own writing projects.
  • Use mentor texts to help students learn the core concepts of narrative writing and apply those skills across the curriculum.
  • Encourage students to incorporate technology and multimedia as they craft their narratives.

The book is filled with examples and templates you can bring back to the classroom immediately, as well as an annotated bibliography with mentor text suggestions and links to the Common Core. You’ll also find a study guide that will help you use this book for professional development with colleagues.

Bonus: Blank templates of the handouts are available as printable eResources on our website (

Book cover for 9781138101524
The price comparison is for this edition
from Routledge (April 5, 2016)
9781138101524 | details & prices | 160 pages | 7.25 × 10.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $125.00
About: In order for students to write effective narratives, they need to read good narratives.
Book cover for 9781138101531
Reprint edition from Routledge (April 11, 2016)
9781138101531 | details & prices | 172 pages | List price $34.95
About: In order for students to write effective narratives, they need to read good narratives.

Pricing is shown for items sent to or within the U.S., excluding shipping and tax. Please consult the store to determine exact fees. No warranties are made express or implied about the accuracy, timeliness, merit, or value of the information provided. Information subject to change without notice. is not a bookseller, just an information source.