Mentor Text Review: Vietnam Diary

  • Author and illustrator: Mark Wilson

Vietnam Diary by Mark Wilson is a great example of how different genres can work together to get IDEAS across to a reader. This text is logically organised and tells the story of their differing views on war (ORGANISATION). As the picture story books contains hand written letters, it would be a useful mentor text for looking at PRESENTATION including handwriting of published pieces.

Suggestions For Using This Mentor Text To Teach Reading:

With two opposing views on war being presented, this book would be a useful mentor text for looking at MAKING CONNECTIONS in reading as well as QUESTIONING. Discussing the different genres presented in the book, discussions about SUMMARISING and SYNTHESISING could also come from this text.

I would recommend using this as a mentor text for writing for years 3+
This text was a notable book in the CBCA awards in 2014 so it is likely to already be on the shelves in schools.

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