Phrases Bundle For High School Grammar With Mentor Sentences

Grade Levels
9th - 11th
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70 pages
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Teach prepositional phrases, gerund phrases, infinitive phrases, appositive phrases, and participial phrases in this proven method of grammar instruction that is both fun and meaningful. Combine great literature with great grammar instruction and watch your students not only understand what these phrases are but actually use them in their own writing! Create fluent writers who understand grammar concepts, all while you get to talk about amazing literature!

At the heart of the lessons is the mentor sentence. The mentor sentence is a carefully selected sentence from a published work that highlights a grammar concept. Mentor sentences allow you to connect literature, writing, and grammar concepts; ultimately that means these lessons are fun for you to teach and the concepts stick with your students.

Students take time to observe what is happening in a mentor sentence, then they write their own sentence in a similar structure (part of the sentence is provided for them). Last, they write their own completely original sentence using the concepts from the mentor sentence.

I started using this method years ago and found that my students grasped the concepts and applied them to their writing months after the lesson.

What you get in this bundle:

In this bundle, you will get lessons on the following grammar concepts

Each lesson includes:

  • Fun warm-up games that connect to the grammar concept
  • Direct instruction on the grammar concept
  • Carefully-selected, intriguing, mentor sentences
  • Opportunities for students to imitate mentor sentences
  • Picture and video prompts for students to create their own sentences
  • Explanation of punctuation (specifically comma usage)
  • Guided note handouts for students for each lesson
  • Teacher notes on nearly every slide that clearly explain the grammar concept, and what potential student responses can be
  • 15-17 slides that guide your students through the concepts of what each sentence is, when to use it, and how to punctuate it
  • A NO PREP, engaging, meaningful lesson that can be used at any point in the school year with any high school classroom.

When can you use the lessons in this bundle:

  • Near the beginning of the year to introduce writing concepts
  • Before a major writing assignment is due to remind them of the importance of fluency
  • Before standardized or state-mandated tests that will ask students about grammar concepts
  • ANY TIME, basically!

You can easily do this remotely if you are practicing virtual learning. The entire lesson is in a google slides format.

Teaching grammar to high school students does not have to be boring or feel disconnected any longer. Any student can become a better writer while understanding grammar concepts through this proven step-by-step process!

Are you curious to know more about mentor sentences and how to use them? Check out my full explanation with examples on my blog here!

Total Pages
70 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 months
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Use parallel structure.
Use various types of phrases (noun, verb, adjectival, adverbial, participial, prepositional, absolute) and clauses (independent, dependent; noun, relative, adverbial) to convey specific meanings and add variety and interest to writing or presentations.


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