Mentor Sentences from While the World Watched

Mentor Sentences from While the World Watched
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Are you looking for a bell ringer replacement for daily sentence corrections appropriate for middle school? Perhaps one that will translate into improved student writing? If so, this resource fits your needs. Based on Jeff Anderson’s idea of using “mentor texts” and “mentor sentences” presented in Mechanically Inclined, this resource is a compilation of 63 sentences matched to the following 21 categories:
Simple Sentence (Independent Clause)
Compound Sentences
Complex Sentence Structure (Dependent/Independent Clauses)
Comma after an Introductory Element
Commas to Set off Nonessential Information
Comma Setting Off Additions at the End of the Sentence
Commas in a Series
Pronoun Reference
Pronoun-Antecedent agreement
Pronoun Case
Possessive Apostrophe
Subject-verb Agreement
Adjective Strings
Adjective Clauses
Adverb Clauses
Revealing Character-Tagging Dialogue with Action
The Semicolon
The Colon
The Dash
The Hyphen

Not only am I providing you with the master list of sentences and their page numbers by category from the mentor text While the World Watched (2011), but I have also included the master power point for you to use daily with your mentor sentences. Each slide displays the category, the mentor sentence highlighting the key pattern or rule within the sentence, and the step for students to follow on that day: 5 steps for 5 days of meaningful bell work or mini-lessons, resulting in student revision of their writing on day 4 for each mentor sentence you use. You may choose to use all three mentor sentences per category (3 weeks of bell ringers or mini-lessons) before moving to another category, select problematic categories that you have identified in your students’ writing to target, or use one sentence in each category before starting round two! The daily steps are merely recommended daily directions that I have already outlined for your students, but I encourage you to make this process your own!

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