The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros is my go-to writing "textbook" for multiple levels. If you're looking for models of good writing, this book of vignettes is a great place to start.
In "The Collegian," Cisneros talks about her growth as a writer and shares the power of a middle school teacher to inspire her to be a writer.
Cisneros told the attentive crowd that her artistry didn’t translate into writing until she was in middle school when a teacher inspired her.
Cisneros pointed to the value that a teacher can have in the development of their students.
“I thought she was being mistaken — so I better not disappoint her,” said Cisneros. “My grades went up because this teacher had faith and belief in me. That’s when I began writing poetry at that time.”