Mentor Sentences Unit: Vol 1, First 10 Weeks (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 to get started with mentor sentences in your classroom.

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

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

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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.

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:
-First Day Jitters By Julie Danneberg
simple sentences, possessives
-Enemy Pie By Derek Munson
adjectives, subjects and predicates
-Saturdays and Teacakes By Lester Laminack
proper nouns
-My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother By Patricia Polacco
commas in a series, subjects and predicates
-Fireflies! By Julie Brinckloe
compound sentences
-Come On, Rain! By Karen Hesse
vivid verbs
-The Man Who Walked Between The Towers By Mordicai Gerstein
compound sentences, vivid verbs
-Verdi By Janell Cannon
comparative/superlative adjectives
-Stellaluna By Janell Cannon
apostrophes, quotation marks and dialogue
-I Need My Monster By Amanda Noll
quotation marks and dialogue

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.

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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 Volume 1 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: SECOND Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit, THIRD Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit, and FOURTH Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit.

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!

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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 Volume 1 Mentor Sentences, Interactive Notebooks, and Reading and Writing activities for all 40 books! Check out the Biggest and BEST Bundle for Volume 1!

Don't forget to grab these two FREE bonus lessons, perfect for Halloween and Fall/Winter:
The Widow's Broom
The Stranger

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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 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 a year later as “extra” lessons with more of my favorite books that I used throughout the year.

There is a free download of the "At-A-Glance" for all 40 books in Volume 1! This download will help you see all of the skills covered in Volume 1 units if you’d like to “bounce around” within the units.

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WHAT ABOUT OTHER GRADE LEVELS?

There is a Volume 2 and a 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 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

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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.*

Copyright © 2013 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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Mentor Sentences Unit: Vol 1, First 10 Weeks (Grades 3-5)
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