Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 2 (Grades 3-5)

Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 2 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 2 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 2 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 2 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 2 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 2 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 2 (Grades 3-5)
Mentor Sentences Unit: Just the Basics Set 2 (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!**

If you need more proof that the numerous volumes of mentor sentence curricula created by Ideas by Jivey are a best practice in the classroom, download the case study! The download presents the data collected over the 2016-2017 school year in the form of a case study.

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!

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.

This set includes 10 lessons for the following books:

-Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee
-Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
verb tenses
-Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
prepositional phrases
-Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
prepositional phrases
-Titanicat by Marty Crisp
prepositional phrases
-Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams
prepositional phrases
-In My Momma’s Kitchen by Jerdine Nolen
conjunctions and proper nouns
-Hey Little Ant! by Phillip M. Hoose
-Verdi by Janell Cannon
comparative/superlative adjectives
-The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Connor
comparative/superlative adjectives

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 in the middle of the school year (based on the books especially), but it could really be started at any point.

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


Just the Basics: Unit 2 Interactive Language Arts Notebook Companion: includes an interactive activity for each focus skill in this mentor sentence set.

Just the Basics Mentor Sentences Modifications ADD-ON Pack: supports students with disabilities, English as a Second Language, or slow writers.

★ 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!


★ Get the BIG bundle with all Just the Basics Mentor Sentences, Interactive Notebooks, and Reading and Writing activities for all 40 mentor texts in the volume! Check out the Biggest and BEST Bundle for Just the Basics!

Check out these other separate mentor sentence mini-units to integrate other content!

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 a free download of the "At-A-Glance" for all 40 books in Just the Basics! 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 is a Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 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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