Favorite Things & Mentor Texts!


This week's topic in Latoya's fun linky is all about our favorite things. I'm joining in again...but I'm a wee bit indecisive so there are going to be several favorites listed for each topic, since it's hard to pick just one!

Place to Shop:

 My favorite places to shop include Kohls, Target, & Hobby Lobby!  

Favorite TV Show:

Duck Dynasty, How I Met Your Mother, &  Law & Order: SVU.

Favorite Sweet Treat:

Something with chocolate :)
Favorite Food:

Tough one... steak, pizza, lasagna, I like to eat a lot of different types of food, often, haha!
Favorite Restaurant:

Willes Sports Bar is a local restaurant in Manhattan, KS. They have really great food, as well as it being a good place to catch K-State games when they aren't at home. We frequent there often. Texas Roadhouse & Olive Garden are other top favorites.

Onward to something else that is a favorite of mine....Children's books and using them as mentor texts!

Be on the lookout each week for another great linky from my friends Amanda & Stacia @ Collaboration Cuties: All about Mentor Texts. These gals are even going to organize the linky parties on their blog so if your ever in need of a mentor text, in math for example, just a couple of clicks and you have several teacher recommended books. This first week is just sharing a book of any kind, so be sure to link up!

I think I've mentioned one of my undergraduate professors, the teacher who encouraged each aspiring teacher to have at least 1,000 books in their classroom library to better accommodate all students in the room (the same one my husband calls "the enabler"). Anyway, every week in her class she would read a book to us and had a recording sheet so we could record the book title, author, and any teaching applications. (Can you see why, a bookaholic like myself loved this class?) The book I'm linking up from there is one that was shared with me in this class.

The gist- The girl in the story wants to write the best story ever for a contest. She seeks help from many friends and family members, and each person critiques her work and offers suggestions. Finally, she realizes that her story is the best when it is truly hers: and has her flair and her own voice.

A super cute story that encourages kids to tell their own story with their voices as authors.


  1. I completely agree with all of your store choices! I do so love shopping!
    Enchanting Elementary

  2. Thank you so much for linking up! You are the second one to mention this book. I'm embarrased to say that I have this book, and got it for writer's workshop but then never read it. :O/ I'm definitely going to put it on my list for my launch next year!!!

    I hope you are having a good Easter!!!! Thanks again!!


  3. I love using picture books as mentor texts! I have "The Best Story" in my wishlist on Amazon! :)

    First Grade Garden

  4. Thank you for the suggestion! I am always looking for good mentor texts to illustrate voice. It is a difficult concept. Love your TV and shopping choices too, though I've never heard of Duck Dynasty.

    Literacy Spark

  5. I am totally a children's book nerd! I have been teaching now for 12 years and probably have over 5000 books that I own personally. My classroom is bursting with books! I can't wait to read more of the mentor text posts!
    I am also a new follower!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

  6. Yes!! I love this book for the beginning of the year too! :)
    ideas by jivey

  7. I've never heard of this book! awesome!
    found you through the linky on Mrs. Reed's blog!
    the tattooed teacher

  8. Can you believe I never set foot in a Hobby Lobby until a year ago? I thought it was just another junk store like Michael's...I was so wrong!!
    I love this book, but haven't read it to my students this year. Thanks for the reminder. :)


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