Mentor Text Review: Ten Tiny Things

10 Tiny Things mentor text
  • Author: Meg McKinlay
  • llustrator: Kyle Hughes-Odgers
  • Publisher: Fremantle Press

Ten Tiny Things by Meg McKinlay and Kyle Hughes-Odgers is a book about slowing down and noticing the world around you. It was first published in 2012 but is very relevant to today’s world!

Suggestions For Using This Mentor Text To Teach Writing:

IDEAS: The author’s note at the back of the book provides insight into how the idea for this book came about. This is useful for leading a discussion on where students can get ideas for their writing (and is a great example of a simple everyday event being turned into a story).

The ORGANISATION of this text is logical and can easily be broken down into intro, middle and conclusion.

The real standout of this text is the WORD CHOICE- alliteration has been used effectively, alongside the use of strong verbs and rhythmic SENTENCE FLUENCY. With the amount of dialogue in this text, it would make a great mentor for the study of appropriate use of conventions such as commas, talking marks and exclamation marks.

Suggestions For Using This Mentor Text To Teach Reading:

PREDICTING- Because of the logical organisation of this text it would be good for PREDICTING.

Students could draw inferences to discuss the theme/message in the text and MAKE CONNECTIONS to other texts they have read/viewed that have a similar focus (e.g., Margaret Wild’s ‘The Sloth Who Came to Stay’).

This text would be a great text to model SUMMARISING using the ‘first, next, then, finally’ strategy. (Which could then be flipped to help students create their own story using this same structure).

Read my interview with author Meg McKinlay here

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