I love a good mentor text.
Bringing a mentor text into your writing workshop reinforces the reading/writing connection. It can teach about the craft of writing and show student-writers how certain craft moves work. Mentor texts can also help spark ideas and provide a roadmap for students to try new things with their writing.
I consider it a double-bonus when those mentor texts are also stories about writing. How better to drive home your lesson about writing than with a character who is writing?
Here are a few favorites for you to explore:
Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter (1997):