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 Contributed by Rebecca Shoniker, Independent Educational Consultant

Reflections
How it can be used as a Mentor Text
●table of contents to find the part you are interested in reading about/ also a way of organizing your writing
 
●captions on pictures
 
●starts with a vingette (short story reader can relate to) to make a connection to his writing life (pg 5)
 
●introduction- reason wrote book and what can be expected
 
●non-fiction that includes emotions ("my heart sank", "I wanted to cry."- pg 8)
 
●compares lost manuscript to "his lost child"- personification- pg 8
 
●reasons for parenthesis
 
●reasons for quotation marks other than dialogue ("War"- pg10)
 
●different types of punctuation ( - : ; )
●comma in a series
 
●use of italics (ick- pg 12)
 
●compares his 17 year old brother to an unfinished manuscript full of potential (powerful)- pg 12
 
●writes from childhood experiences
 
●combination of photos, text excerpts, pics of his own notebook, map- why did author choose for each page?
 
●uses a writer's notebook and discusses how and why...what's in there (pg 23-29)
 
●takes reader through process of drafting (pg 36-38)
 
●use of bold print
 
●use of Q & A (interview and open-ended questions that lead to answers)