Mentor Sentences | Writing Lessons | Literary Analysis | Literary Devices

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GilTeach
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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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Are you tired of frustrating your students with vague, pointless writing instruction?

It’s so challenging to teach students the writing skills they need with methods that are actually effective. The instruction is too prescribed or it’s not specific enough; students are either bored by meaningless repetitive exercises or unable to glean the information they need from impractical guides; teachers flounder around from one guide to the next or they doggedly stick to texts that aren’t working. The end result is that often both teachers and students give up on writing instruction altogether.

I’ve worked hard over sixteen years of teaching to develop writing instruction that is both practical and concrete as well as fun and creative. I want writing to be a joyful experiment, and I want my students to develop a love for language, and one of the best methods that I have found for doing this is by concentrated study of mentor sentences.

By digging deep on single short passages, these focused, practical lessons take students from noticing the literary elements to a close reading of those details to a thorough analysis of how they work to further an author’s themes to experimenting with using those literary devices in their own writing.

  • The high-interest quick-write prompts will get students to calm their bodies and wake up their minds as they start to contemplate their own views on bigger questions.

  • When students compare the original sentence to alternative versions, they’ll have a concrete method for noticing some of the more subtle choices that an author makes.

  • Focused questions that challenge students to analyze literary devices will help your classes to understand how an author’s choices influence meaning in a text.

  • Extensive answer keys will insure that you have no problems explaining how meaning is created in the passage through every step of the process.

  • The innovative sentence imitation activities will get students experimenting with their own writing, focusing on form and style, and having lots of fun in the process.

Throughout the lessons, both you and your students will enjoy the low-key activities as you appreciate the concrete questions and the extensive scaffolding. When you teach with these innovative lessons, your writing instruction will never be the same again. No more frustratingly boring or vague writing lessons!

“Fabulous! You will not regret this purchase. I love using this for my classes.”—Candace B.

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60 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).

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