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Creating a Feast for the Senses With Mentor Texts

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Creating a Feast for the Senses With Mentor Texts

Grades 3 – 6
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time Two 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Mya Mikkelsen

Mya Mikkelsen

Saint Joseph, Missouri


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • One copy of Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey (or other selected mentor text)

  • One copy of a selected picture book for each student or pair of students (see Mentor Texts for Sensory Images for suggestions)

  • Large chart paper or overhead or document camera, LCD projector, and screen

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  1. Read Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey (or another selected mentor text) to familiarize yourself with the story and the vocabulary.

  2. Choose student writing samples from Writing Scored Student Work–Grade 4 (or your own resource), and make a copy for each student.

  3. Set up large chart paper to create an anchor chart or make an overhead of the Write Like… Handout.

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