Problem: My kids need some poetry mentor texts and it’s hard to find something (other than expensive anthologies) at the bookstore.
Solution: Pick up Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.
a blue car
splattered with mud
speeding down the road
The book is written as free verse poetry and refers to other famous poems (which are included at the back of the book) so it’s like mentor text within mentor text! I would highly suggest exposing your students to the famous poems at the back of the book FIRST. Then they can relate to Jack as he ponders why “so much depends upon a red wheelbarrow” in the poetry of William Carlos Williams. Your students will be encouraged when they see that the small moments of their lives can become the seeds for powerful poems.