Mentor sentence instruction blends explicit instruction of grammar skills with hands-on sentence building and constructing. Students analyze sentences, learn new TEKS-based grammar skills, revise and create sentences following specific structures.
This product helps students connect grammar instruction to their own writing and testing situations! Teach grammar authentically and effectively through the use of mentor sentences and a thoughtful approach to conventions instruction.
Mentor Sentences Notebook includes nine weeks of grammar instruction and all the tools you'll need to make it stick! These tools have made a difference in my students' writing! I know they'll make a difference in yours! By bridging the grammatical skills in context to revision and editing in a testing format, students will learn what's important about grammar instruction as well as how to apply it in a variety of contexts.
To check out the TEKS and STAAR alignment, download this free TEKS Alignment Document
This is the second product in the series. The sentences and skill work in this product rely on students' understanding of lessons taught in the first nine weeks' unit. It is recommended that you begin with the first nine weeks unit (a focus on grammar)
and then move on to this product, which includes a focus on punctuation and capitalization, and then the 3rd nine weeks, which focuses on spelling patterns and grammar review.
Nine weeks of grammar instruction:
Week One: Adverbs & Prepositions as modifiers
Week Two: Participle Phrases (-ed, -ing)
Week Three: Commas in a series
Week Four: Contractions
Week Five: Apostrophes to show possession
Week Six: Quotation marks
Week Seven: Capitalization of Proper Nouns
Week Eight: Capitalization of Titles, historical events, and documents
Week Nine: Capitalization of Days & Months, Languages/Races/Nationalities
For each week, five days of lessons are included, as well as...
Day One: Sentence strips to cut and glue into a notebook
Day Two: Grammar hunt tables to cut and glue into a notebook
Day Three: Word/phrase cards to cut out and manipulate, and a handout to practice the skill (with answer key included)
Day Four: Dictation - what do we check for?
Day Five: Sample sentences to use as models, and a three- to four- question quiz on the skill, in STAAR Writing test format.
Also included in this product:
Tips for teaching grammar through mentor sentences
Printable notebook cover
Pictures from actual mentor sentence lessons
This product, once purchased, is licensed to be used in one classroom. Additional classrooms must purchase additional licenses.
You may also be interested in:
Mentor Sentences Grammar Notebook for the first nine weeks
Mentor Sentences Grammar Notebook for the 3rd nine weeks
Expository Revision Guides
STAAR Camp-Write-a-Lot Test Prep Stations
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