Mentor Sentences Unit: First 10 Weeks (Grade 2)

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Mentor sentences are the perfect way to teach grammar and author's craft through examples of excellent sentences from your favorite read-aloud books! Mentor sentences can absolutely be done with first and second graders, too! Teachers will just need to provide a lot more scaffolding and guidance in the lower grades than they would with the upper grades. This unit is just what you need to get started with mentor sentences in your classroom. I created these with second graders in mind, but if you have advanced first graders, this pack would definitely be appropriate for you as well!

Not familiar with mentor sentences? Read all about them here!

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?
I walk you through each day's lesson for 10 weeks- all the work is done! I've even done all the thinking for you when it comes to revising and imitating! :) Just think, what a deal- $1 per week! Each lesson includes the teacher sentence page, the student sentence page, a lesson plan page with possibilities for all 4 days, and a quiz aligned with CCSS with answer key. I have also used handwriting lines on the quiz to help students with proper letter formation. The focused skills in this pack are proper nouns, plural nouns, possessive nouns, and contractions.

Please download the preview file to see the layout. There is a 9-page introduction in the unit with pictures included of how I use mentor sentences in my room (VERY detailed, day-by-day), followed by 10 lessons for the following books:
-First Day Jitters By Julie Danneberg
(proper nouns)
-Officer Buckle and Gloria By Peggy Rathmann
(proper nouns)
-Memoirs of a Goldfish By Devin Scillian
(proper nouns)
-Chrysanthemum By Kevin Henkes
(plural nouns, proper nouns)
-Scaredy Squirrel By Melanie Watt
(possessive nouns, proper nouns)
-Skippyjon Jones By Judy Schachner
(possessive nouns, proper nouns)
-If You Give A Mouse A Cookie By Laura Joffe Numeroff
(contractions)
-The Paperboy By Dav Pilkey
(contractions)
-Stellaluna By Janell Cannon
(plural nouns, possessives)
-The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything By Linda Williams
(possessives, contractions)

As a former first and second grade teacher, I used to LOVE reading these books, so I know many of you do, too! They are definitely some of my favorites. I chose books that would be in most personal libraries or school media centers. Ideally, this unit would work best at the beginning of the school year (based on the books especially), but it could really be started at any point.

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WHAT ELSE DO I NEED?
There is an Interactive Language Arts Notebook Companion to this unit! The set includes an interactive activity for each focus skill in this mentor sentence set. Every mentor sentence unit has a companion interactive notebook to help you teach and/or review the skill for the week!

You might also be interested in the Second Grade Mentor Sentences Modifications ADD-ON Pack which will support students with disabilities, English as a Second Language, or slow writers.

Once you see the difference in your students from mentor sentences, you won’t want to stop! There are three more units to complete the year:
Second Ten Weeks Unit for Second Grade
Third Ten Weeks Unit for Second Grade
Fourth Ten Weeks Unit for Second Grade


You’ll also love to use these mentor texts in reading and writing, too! Make sure to get BETTER THAN BASAL: Complete NO PREP Reading & Writing Units for 40 Popular Mentor Texts in Grade 2!

Grab the NONFICTION Animal Mentor Sentence Pack!

Do you do an author study of Robert Munsch?
Check out the Robert Munsch Mentor Sentences Mini-Unit!


Do you do an author study of Kevin Henkes?
Check out the Kevin Henkes Mentor Sentences Mini-Unit!


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DO YOU LOVE TO SAVE MONEY?

If you want to get all of the sets now to save money, you can buy the BUNDLE FOR THE WHOLE YEAR!


You can also choose to buy all 40 weeks of Mentor Sentences in a Hard Copy Book, which will also come with the digital version!

Want to try this first set to see how it goes? You can always come back to buy the second, third, and fourth units in a bundle if you like what you see!

There is also now a BIG bundle with all Mentor Sentences, Interactive Notebooks, and Reading and Writing activities for all 40 books! Check out the Biggest and BEST Bundle for Second Grade!

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HELP ME PLAN!
You don’t need to do all of the mentor sentence lessons in the order they come in the units. When I created units 1, 2, and 3, I put them in an order that progressed in difficulty, so these lessons spiral, but it is not necessary to stay in that order. The first three units are more seasonally appropriate for beginning, middle, and end of the year, and then Unit 4 was created with “anytime” books that can be used throughout the year.

There is a free download of the "At-A-Glance" for all 40 books in Second Grade! This download will help you see all of the skills covered in the units if you’d like to “bounce around” within them.

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WHAT ABOUT OTHER GRADE LEVELS?

Mentor Sentences can be done in ALL grades! Please tell your teacher friends about mentor sentences for their grade:
Kindergarten & ELL (Early Emergent Readers)
First Grade

There are TWO volumes for grades 3-5 to help prevent repetition of lessons and books within the same school:
Volume 1 for Grades 3-5
Volume 2 for Grades 3-5


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Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher. It is not intended to be shared. Please use the 'additional license' purchase if more than one teacher will be using it. Thank you!

*The mentor sentence lessons I have created are adapted from the ideas of Jeff Anderson. These lessons were born from the routine that worked well in my classroom, and the demos and examples I present are variations of Jeff Anderson's methods. This is not the only way to "do" mentor sentences in your classroom.*

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All rights reserved by author.
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
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Not for public display.

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Mentor Sentences Unit: First 10 Weeks (Grade 2)
Mentor Sentences Unit: First 10 Weeks (Grade 2)
Mentor Sentences Unit: First 10 Weeks (Grade 2)
Mentor Sentences Unit: First 10 Weeks (Grade 2)