With a background in ESL, I truly understand the importance of mentor sentences and sentence stems to teach students how to become better writers through modeling and practicing great writing.
This technique is based on those principles.
I teach my students the following format for writing essays at the 4th grade level:
Body Paragraph 1:
Topic Sentence 1
Body Paragraph 2:
Topic Sentence 2
Good Feeling Sentence
Re-stated Target Sentence
For each paragraph of the essay, I gathered sentence stems for students to practice over and over until the common language patterns of expository writing become a natural habit.
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