I'm am loving all that I am learning from this book. I started reading it fast. Then stopped. Started over. Took notes. Tried activities. Some are hard. But if I want to use these ideas next year, I want my own mentor texts.
In the first chapter, Gallagher describes and gives examples of each of the purposes. He then shares an activity that has students take one topic they are passionate about and come up with 18 ways to write about it. I'm working on it, but it is tough for me to do--especially the Analyze/Interpret area and the Propose a Solution area. My mind doesn't seem to want to work that way. Sure glad that I am trying this first and not just winging it in front of class. Although, when I teach this to the class next year, I will try a new topic and let them see me struggle with it a bit.
The rest of the chapters work through the six purposes. I really like these (they actually incorporate the genres that I now require). I think it will help me give kids more focus in the course. They definitely "fit" better into the common core. I want to work his ideas into the things I am already doing. I'm going to keep doing activities myself and writing and thinking about what I learn. It's hard. But in the end, I think it will be worth it.