Looking Closely at Informational Texts: Considering the Role(s) of Mentor Texts for Kindergarten Children

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To fully consider the potential of informational texts to serve as mentor texts in the elementary classroom, the authors propose an inquiry about the intersections among the author’s intentions, instructional contexts, a teacher’s approaches, and students’ responses to informational texts when contemplating the roles these texts might serve. In this article, the authors investigate how the intentions of the author-illustrator, classroom teacher, and students relate and differ when introducing an informational picture book in the context of an inquiry-based kindergarten classroom. The analysis involves the perspectives of a children’s author-illustrator, a classroom teacher, and kindergarten students as they self-selected an informational picture book to use as a mentor text.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-539
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Research in Childhood Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2016



  • Author-illustrator
  • informational texts
  • inquiry
  • kindergarten children
  • mentor texts
  • multimodal
  • primary instruction
  • writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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