Mentor Sentences: Combine, Expand and Reduce Sentences {Fifth Grade}

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Amber Thomas
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5th, Homeschool
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  1. If you're looking for a better way to model and teach your fifth graders revising and editing, mentor sentences are the perfect tool. These pages students take the grammar concepts they are learning about and apply it in their own writing, right away. Updated for 2020: I've included Google Slides
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This product helps students go deeper than just identifying simple and complex sentences. With these pages, students learn how to combine, expand, and reduce sentences in the context of their own writing. So if you want your students to correctly vary their sentence lengths, these worksheets will help you improve the quality of their writing! Updated for 2020: I have included a Google Slides version of the worksheets that is perfect for distance learning. Blue text boxes indicate where students can type their answers.

These pages cover fifth grade Common Core State Standards for: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.3.a Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.

The topics for each worksheet include:
✅ Combine sentences with a comma, conjunction, and independent clause
✅ Combine sentences with a semicolon
✅ Expand sentences using transition words and dependent clauses
✅ Expand sentences with two dashes and a dependent clause in the middle
✅ Expand sentences with a dash and a dependent clause at the end
✅ Expand sentences with parentheses and a dependent clause
✅ Expand sentences with a colon
✅ Expand sentences with an appositive between two commas
✅ Expand sentences with a participial phrase and a comma
✅ Combine parallel objects with a conjunction
✅ Combine predicates with a conjunction
✅ Combine subjects with a conjunction
✅ Use short sentences with long sentences to draw the reader’s attention.

This product includes:
✅ 13 Mentor Sentences worksheets: Each worksheet has 2 Mentor Sentences for students to analyze and compare, and room to write their own.
✅ 13 Definitions and Examples boxes: These can either be glued onto the page itself or into an Writing/Editing/GUM notebook as a study guide for future reference. These come 8 to a page in order to conserve copy paper.

✅ An answer key. You won't see this in the preview because, well, 5th graders can be very clever and otherwise it would free and easy to preview!

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Disclaimer: Any claims of correlation or alignment to the CCSS are solely those of Amber Thomas and have not been evaluated or endorsed by the NGA. Amber Thomas is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the creators of the CCSS.

Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.


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