Clauses and Sentence Types Grammar Bundle With Lessons, Writing Prompts, & Quiz

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9th - 11th
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70 pages
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Teach independent and subordinate clauses as well as sentence types by using mentor sentences in a way that is both fun and meaningful. Combine great literature with great grammar instruction and watch your students not only understand what clauses and sentence types are but watch as they actually become more fluent writers who can punctuate correctly!

This bundle focuses on the two main types of clauses (independent and subordinate), and the types of sentences: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex.

At the heart of these lessons is the use of the mentor sentence. The mentor sentence is a carefully selected sentence from a published work that highlights a grammar concept.

Mentor sentences allow you to connect literature, writing, and grammar concepts; ultimately that means these lessons are fun for you to teach and the concepts stick with your students.

Students take time to observe what is happening in a mentor sentence, then they write their own sentence in a similar structure (part of the sentence is provided for them). Last, they write their own completely original sentence using the concepts from the mentor sentence.

I started using this method years ago and found that my students grasped the concepts and applied them to their writing months after the lesson.

What you get in this bundle:

  • Independent and Subordinate Clauses Lesson
  • Sentence Types Lesson
  • Hands-on Activity: Separating Mentor Sentences
  • Clauses and Sentence Types Quiz (please note that answers are not included, but I'm happy to email them to you upon request)
  • Instructional Videos for the teacher
  • 4 different quick-write handouts

Each google slides lesson includes:

  • Fun warm-up games that connect to the grammar concept
  • Direct instruction on the grammar concept
  • Carefully-selected, intriguing, mentor sentences
  • Opportunities for students to imitate mentor sentences
  • Picture and video prompts for students to create their own sentences
  • Explanation of punctuation (specifically comma usage)
  • Guided note handouts for students for each lesson
  • Teacher notes on nearly every slide that clearly explain the grammar concept, and what potential student responses can be
  • 15-17 slides that guide your students through the concepts of what each sentence is, when to use it, and how to punctuate it

When can you use the lessons in this bundle:

  • Near the beginning of the year to introduce writing concepts
  • Before a major writing assignment is due to remind them of the importance of fluency
  • Before standardized or state-mandated tests that will ask students about grammar concepts
  • ANY TIME, basically!

Teaching grammar to high school students does not have to be boring or feel disconnected any longer. Any student can become a better writer while understanding grammar concepts through this proven step-by-step process!

Are you curious to know more about mentor sentences and how to use them? Check out my full explanation with examples on my blog here!

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Total Pages
70 pages
Answer Key
Not Included
Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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