Sentence Types Lesson Plan With Mentor Sentences

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9th - 11th
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This engaging review of sentence types (simple, compound, complex, and compound complex) will allow your students to work with mentor sentences in a hands-on format that will allow the grammar concept to sink in deeper.


  • There are two ways to use this lesson: as a paired activity or as a full-class activity. For the full-class method:
    • Students will each have a mentor sentence to consider
    • They will go to a corner of the room designated for that type of sentence (simple, compound, complex, or compound complex)
    • Students will look at each other's sentences and determine if all the sentences in the group are correct
    • Students will have a chance to move groups if they think their sentence belongs in a different group
    • Discussion handout and enrichment activity can follow the hands-on activity

  • For the paired activity
    • Students will work in pairs to separate a set of mentor sentences (about 10-12) into appropriate piles: simple sentences, compound sentences, complex sentences, and compound-complex sentences
    • Discussion handout and enrichment activity can follow the hands-on activity


  • High school students rarely get to do hands-on work with grammar, but they LOVE it (trust me on this).
  • By separating the sentences, they will naturally compare the sentences, thus bringing further understanding of the differences between types of sentences


  • 33 pre-printed mentor sentences to use with your class in either format!
  • A customizable sheet so you can add your own mentor sentences from books your students are reading
  • Handout for further reflection and discussion after the activity
  • Detailed lesson plan with optional discussion questions
  • Optional enrichment activity
  • A video tutorial for you, the teacher, explaining how to do the lesson

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!

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Total Pages
7 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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