Mentor Text Review: ANZAC Biscuits

  • Author: Phil Cummings
  • Illustrator: Owen Swan
  • Publisher: Scholastic Australia

ANZAC Biscuits by author Phil Cummings and illustrator Owen Swan is a beautiful picture story book, where the images add to the story and assist with the resolution at the end.

Suggestions For Using This Mentor Text To Teach Writing:

This text features cleverly interwoven dual narratives (ORGANISATION) and would be a useful mentor text for IDEAS, ORGANISATION and striking WORD CHOICE (with lots of tier 2 words and use of similes, this is a highlight of the text).

Suggestions For Using This Mentor Text To Teach Reading:

This book would be useful to discuss MAKING CONNECTIONS with prior knowledge on the topic, PREDICTING what will happen and introducing INFERRING by discussing what students believe happened at the end of the book.