Mentor Texts

Inscriptions en cours

Spring, April 7th, April 29th, 2021, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Homeroom teacher, Resource teacher

All cycles, All type of classroom, AMSFA Targeted Schools, English sector, French sector

Période d'inscription : March, 8th to March 23th, 2021, 1:00 pm

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This Let's Talk workshop include :

  • Two meetings
    • April 7th, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, virtual, group
    • April 29th, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, virtual, group

This offer is available in English.
Total number of participants : 25

For meetings taking place outside of school hours, participants will be remunerated according to the rules in place in their respective school service centers or school boards.

Participation Requirement

  • Authorization from school administrator

Selection Criteria

In view of the popularity of some offers and a limited number of places, selection criteria has been retained to allow for a large number of participants :

  • Cycle
  • Proportional representation of the targeted schools of the two English-language school boards in Montréal as a priority, and of the three French-language school service centers  depending on the spaces available
  • The participation of the individual in other offers of professional development during the same school year
  • The participation of the school in other offers of professional development during the same school year


AMSFA’s Let’s Talk series include different topics related to effective pedagogical practices in disadvantaged area schools, centered on the values of equality, equity and social justice. This series of professional development offer participants an opportunity to reflect, discuss, and share important practices relevant to teaching in a Montreal disadvantaged school.

Let’s Talk about… mentor texts to develop reading and writing skills

Mentor texts allow teachers to explicitly teach reading and writing strategies using picture books and novels as examples. What do we know about the opportunity the student had to engage with rich, meaningful literature (in or outside school)? Do we underestimate students' abilities if they have not had the opportunity to engage with such literature? Books provide examples for students to learn from and be inspired by. Using mentor texts in the classroom supports the interconnectedness of reading and writing in the development of literacy for all students. Reading and writing is taught and all students can learn to become great.

Part 1: Using Mentor Texts to teach Narrative Writing - April 7th
Part 2: Using Mentor texts to teach Literary Elements - April 29th


  • Examine practices in which using mentor texts develops reading and writing strategies equitably so that ALL students have equal opportunity to successfully develop literacy skills.
  • Share equitable classroom practices

Professional Development Animator

Sheila Anne Dunwoodie, Pedagogical consultant, LBPSB 

A Montréal School for All

Professional resource
Nancy Saltarelli :

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