Online Class:  

Mentor Texts: Choosing Standout Books

Instructors: Ashley Smith and Brooke Schmidt

Mentor Texts are pieces of literature that students can benefit from reading multiple times, studying and trying to emulate in their reading and writing. In this course, you will choose from a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction to find the best mentor texts that fit with your literacy program.  You will organize this collection of mentor texts in practical, useful ways. Upon completion of this course, you will have researched and designed literature-based activities that are ready for immediate use.

For K-8 Teachers

This class is offered for 3 or 4 Quarter Credits 

Register Anytime!  You can start your course TODAY!

1. Click "Registration" below.  Our site will redirect you to an SPU registration page where you will pay both the TINT and SPU fee with a credit card. 

2. You will receive an email from SPU with your receipt and a link to the coursework. 

3. You have a year to complete the work at your own pace.  Your grade will be posted on your transcript within a few weeks (and often sooner) of you finishing!


Option 1:  Non-Credit/Audit TINT Tuition Fee (30 PDUs): $525


Option 2:   3 Quarter Credit (60 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $525

+ $165 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $690


Option 3:  4 Quarter Credit (80 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $625

+ $220 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $845

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Student Testimonials:

I really enjoyed taking this class.  It has been several years since I have weeded through the mentor texts I have on my “teacher bookshelf.” This gives me a much more manageable collection of books that I know I can use throughout the year that will serve a variety of purposes.  I feel more organized, both in the texts I will use, and how I will use them, and that is what I was hoping to achieve in taking this class!

—TINT Student

This class has been both fun and informational.  I have enjoyed learning about books that I can use in my classroom to teach both reading and writing.

—TINT Student

I think this class is beneficial for all teachers beginning and experienced because it opens the door for so many different techniques to use with a simple book that all children will enjoy.

—TINT Student


All in all, this class exceeded my expectations and I am happy that my goals were met. I recommend this class for any teacher who is looking for resources for finding and using mentor texts in their classroom. I believe this was a valuable and worthwhile course!

—TINT Student


Instructor Brooke provided nice feedback right away and I could tell she knew her stuff. Even though this class was online, I felt connected to instructor Brooke through our email correspondences, which were more like conversations. I did not realize there were different ways to classify mentor texts, and that was really great to learn. This class was not just about mentor texts, but also how to use them in the classroom in a variety of applications from writing to reading.

—TINT Student