The mentor text I would like to share this month is called The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. The story was written by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein. It is a cute tale of a young girl named Beatrice Bottomwell who never makes mistakes. However, one day she almost makes a mistake that she can’t get out of her mind. She begins to keep herself from having any fun because she is afraid to make a mistake. I won’t tell you the ending, but it is a happy one.
I use this book as a mentor text for teaching how to start sentences with a variety of words. The book has several sentences with prepostitional phrases plus a comma at the beginning of the sentence. Here are some examples.
At school, Beatrice was on a cooking team with her two best friends, Millie and Sarah.
On her way home from school, Beatrice watched Millie and Sarah ice-skating in the park.
I also used this book to demonstrate temporal words.
After supper, Beatrice got ready for the talent show. First, she woke Humbert from his nap. Next, she got the salt shaker from the kitchen table. Finally, she filled a balloon with water.
I love this story for its many uses, but I also love that it has a great message at the end of it. We took the opportunity to discuss the author’s purpose for writing this book. My students enjoyed it, too.