Mentor Texts

By Katherine Schulten

We’ve been welcoming student writers to our site for years, inviting them to post thoughts to our daily prompts, analyze multimedia compositions in our live-moderated forums, and submit formal work to our many annual contests.

But there has long been a missing piece. Though we’ve provided plenty of places to practice, we’ve only occasionally published resources to help teach young people how to write.

This school year, we’re making up for that gap with a new series called Mentor Texts.

Blue pencils — sharpened, finished and ready for packaging, sale and writing. <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/magazine/inside-one-of-americas-last-pencil-factories.html">Related Article</a>

Thanks to the 1,000-plus fresh articles published every week on NYTimes.com, we’re in no danger of running out of possible material. In fact, the hardest part of creating this series may be choosing from among too many good options.