The first two books I’m introducing on my blog are mentor texts for memoirs. Mentor texts are books used to teach a specific skill, which could range from making inferences to using figurative language. In this case the skill is memoir writing. I chose these texts because our first writing unit in 7th grade is a memoir, and I find it helpful to immerse my students in the genre they are studying. These books will give students examples of what memoirs look like and will help them begin to identify the characteristics of a memoir. We will use other mentor texts this year as we study writing; there’s nowhere better to learn the craft than from professionals who have written time honored pieces of literature.