Cycle 1, 2 and 3


Using Mentor Texts to Cultivate Strong Readers and Writers

Inscriptions en cours Demande d’accompagnement

October to December 2023

Teaching personnel (homeroom teacher, resource teacher, special education teacher), pedagogical consultant

All types of classroom, AMSFA’s Targeted Schools, French sector and English sector

Période d'inscription : from September 11th to October 6th, 2023 at 1:00 pm

Inscription terminée

This workshop includes:

  • One meeting

The following dates are available for selection - 1 date per school:

    • October 17, 25, 26
    • November 7, 9, 10
    • December 13, 14

This will be a one day workshop offered to ELA teams in their own school

Total number of participants: 6 schools
This offer is available in English.

Requirement for Participation

  • Authorization from school administrator

General Selection Criteria

In view of the popularity of certain project proposals and the number of spaces, selection criteria have been retained:

  • A 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
  • A representation of the cycles
  • The participation of the individual in other offers of professional development (current school year).


What do we know about the opportunities students have had to engage with rich, meaningful literature? Do we underestimate students' abilities if they have not had these opportunities? In what ways can such literature help reduce educational inequities and narrow the gap in achievement for students from disadvantaged backgrounds?

Mentor texts allow teachers to explicitly teach reading and writing strategies using quality picture books as models.
Using mentor texts in the classroom supports the interconnectedness of reading and writing in the development of literacy for all students, at all grade levels. Mentor texts can be used as an equitable classroom practice to develop stronger literacy skills in reading and writing, particularly for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Strong reading and writing strategies are developed and taught and all students can learn to be great readers and writers!

During this workshop, ELA teachers, from the same school, will have the opportunity to explore various and varied picture books to use as mentor texts that can be implemented in their classrooms the very next day!

This offer includes an experimentation that allows participants to reinvest the contents in the targeted program components:

  • Subject Area: Languages

Specific and Measurable Goals

  • Develop an awareness of the use of mentor texts as an equitable classroom practice
  • Describe how using mentor texts to develop strong literacy skills can better serve students from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Identify rich, meaningful children’s literature as examples of mentor texts
  • Plan and experiment, using one's own classroom library as well as new picture books, activities to develop literacy strategies in reading and writing in the classroom
  • Develop a critical view of the impact of using mentor texts to teach reading and writing skills

Cost covered by the organization

A Montréal School for All covers the following costs:

  • Substitution or replacement
    If applicable, a fixed amount is allocated by A Montréal School for All to school boards and school service centers to cover the costs of substitution or replacement.

Cost covered by the school: none

Professional Development Team

Sheila Dunwoodie, Pedagogical Consultant, LBPSB
Nancy Saltarelli, Professional Resource, A Montréal School for All

A Montréal School For All

Contact person
Nancy Saltarelli :

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