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 spelling and 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. TEKS and STAAR aligned!
To check out the TEKS and STAAR alignment, download this free TEKS Alignment Document
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.
This is the third product in the series. The sentences and skill work in this product rely on students' understanding of lessons taught in the first two nine weeks' units. It is recommended that you begin with the first nine weeks unit (a focus on grammar)
and then move on to the 2nd, a focus on punctuation and capitalization
, and 3rd nine weeks, which focuses on spelling patterns and grammar review.
Nine weeks of grammar instruction:
Week One: Double consonants in the middle of words (Review skill: Participle phrases)
Week Two: Irregular plurals (Review skill: Adverbial clauses, regular plurals)
Week Three: Irregular verbs (Review skill: Past-tense verbs, complex sentences)
Week Four: Adding affixes (Review skill: Complex sentences)
Week Five: Homophones (Review skill: Complex sentences)
Week Six: Silent letters (kn-, wr-) (Review skill: Compound predicates)
Week Seven: Ways to spell /shun/ (sion, tion, cian) (Review skill: Compound sentences)
Week Eight: Superlative adjectives
Week Nine: Reflexive pronouns (Review skill: Complex sentences)
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 five- 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 second nine weeks
Expository Revision Guides
STAAR Camp-Write-a-Lot Test Prep Stations
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