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Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 1 (Grades 3-5)

Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 1 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 1 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 1 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 1 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 1 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 1 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 1 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 1 (Grades 3-5)
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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! This unit is just what you need if you have upper grade students without grammar background knowledge.

All of the lessons in this set cover foundational, basic skills and are compiled from Volumes 1, 2, and 3. I have had requests for this from teachers who teach special education or students with very low grammar and writing skills.


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

**Watch a video of Mentor Sentences in ACTION!**

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.

Please download the preview file to see the layout. There is a 9-page introduction in this FIRST 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:

Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller

Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna
simple predicates (verbs)

The Adventures of Spider: How Spider Got a Thin Waist by Joyce Cooper Arkhurst
simple predicates (verbs)

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
commas in a series

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco
commas in a series, subject/predicate

Dear Juno by Soyung Pak
adverbs, subject/predicate

Fireboat by Maira Kalman
proper nouns

Saturdays and Teacakes by Lester Laminack
proper nouns

Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse
vivid verbs

When Lightning Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polacco
vivid verbs

I chose books that would be in most personal libraries or school media centers. All of these are personal favorites of mine! 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.

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 Just the Basics 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! Volume 1 has three more units to complete the year: Just the Basics Set 2, Just the Basics Set 3 and Just the Basics Set 4.

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!

Check out these other separate mentor sentence mini-units to integrate other content, like social studies, science, and math!


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

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

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 the order I used them in my classroom, so these lessons are in an order that spirals and gets progressively more difficult, but it is not necessary to stay in that order. Unit 4 was created to cover skills that you can insert throughout the year.

There is an "At-A-Glance" document for all 40 books in the Just the Basics sets. This download will help you see all of the skills covered in the Just the Basics units if you’d like to “bounce around” within the units.


There are three volumes for grades 3-5 to help prevent repetition of mentor sentence lessons among grades in the same school.
Check out what’s in Volume 1!
Check out what’s in Volume 2!
Check out what’s in Volume 3!

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
Second Grade

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.*

Copyright © 2013-2016 Ideas By Jivey, LLC
All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey.
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Not for public display.

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Total Pages
65 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 months
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