By observing, rereading, and closely analyzing published writing, students see examples and learn the strategies of good writing that they can integrate into their own Composition. Exposing students to mentor texts that are written by professional writers from their own cultural and social backgrounds can help mitigate Stereotype Threat, and reading stories situated in similar experiences helps them develop their own aspirations to write from their cultural or personal experiences.
Starting at 3:06, watch how these eleventh grade teachers use a mentor text to develop students' abilities to select the most significant details in a text. As students reread their text to find evidence and quotations, they identify concrete techniques that they can try in their own writing, developing their Disciplinary Literacy. Through these discussions and rereads, students develop their own voice and confidence by seeing how the authors create their own voice.