ONLINE: Teaching with mentor texts


Dr Lorraine McDonald

NESA accredited 

6 Hours

29 May - 26 June 2023

Online moderated course


 This course demonstrates how students can be guided to 'actively notice' how quality texts are constructed. Teachers will practice how to locate and apply the visual and verbal features of mentor texts, to demonstrate to students how to draw on the language of quality texts to develop and enhance their writing.   

Participants will examine the range of literary genres available to be read, apply explicit visual and verbal/grammatical knowledge to closely observe how characterisation and relationships between characters can be established, techniques by composers to engage their audience, how the texts are cohesive and coherent and how writers express factual and imaginative texts.

This knowledge will empower teachers to support their students in developing knowledge about how visual and verbal text features share the work of making meaning, how sentence fluency through sentence starters can be supported, the crucial role of vocabulary and how critical comprehension may be accomplished. Excepts from several CBNCA award winning texts (both fiction and non fiction) are our mentor texts used throughout this course.

Why participate?

  • Learn how authors engage readers in their texts and how you can guide your students through active noticing and close reading of texts
  • Explore the range of qualities mentor texts offer
  • Investigate how literary genres, characterisation, perspective and context are established
  • Analyse how authors build cohesion, including a consideration of work associations and grammatical Theme
  • Review the grammar of expressing a topic and building your narrative or factual field: teaching noun groups and adverbial and adjectival prepositional phrases


Who should participate?

  • Teachers - Years F-8
  • Educators interested in teaching of the craft of writing, through using quality mentor texts to inform, inspire and guide students.


How does it work?

  • Individuals: upon registration individuals will be sent a link to access the PL on our online learning platform.
  • Whole schools: One staff member must register on behalf of their school.
    They can choose to have a single link to view this together or can email us the names and email addresses of teachers they wish to enrol. 


NOTE: There will be no extensions granted for this course


Cost of participation




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This course is NESA Approved

Completing this course will provide 6 hours of online Professional Learning, addressing 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.




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29/05/2023 9:00 AM - 26/06/2023 11:00 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
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