If you have ever taught students grammar concepts through drill and kill worksheets and workbooks only to end up frustrated when students didn't transfer what they learned back into their writing, then this is the product for you. I have scoured popular young adult literature to find engaging mentor sentences to demonstrate specific grammar concepts.
This product is a five day sequence of bell ringer activities designed to teach students that when an interrupter such as a prepositional phrase, noun of direct address, or subordinate clause comes in the middle of a sentence, commas should be used before and after the interrupter to separate it out from the rest of the sentence. This product also covers that when a concluding element is used after the main clause of a sentence, a comma should be used to separate the concluding element from the main clause of the sentence.
The five day activity sequence goes like this:
Day One: Sentence Stalking (Students look at mentor sentence and write down what they notice about them. This is an inquiry day to get them thinking about this week's grammar concept.)
Day Two: Grammar Rule (The teacher explicitly teaches the grammar rule through the information on the worksheet provided, and then takes students through the gradual release of responsibility to apply their knowledge to mentor sentences.)
Day Three: Practice (Students practice the grammar concept further through a worksheet with more mentor sentences where they have to identify certain elements of each sentence and add the comma where it is supposed to be.)
Day Four: Discover & Create (Students look for a sentence in their independent reading book that reflects the grammar concept and then mimic the given mentor sentence to apply the grammar concept of the week at an even deeper level.)
Day Five: Assessment (Students are assessed based on what they know about this week's grammar concept.)
*Each day also includes a complete answer key and explicit directions for what to say to students as you walk them through the activity for the day.
Download the preview to get a closer look at what the activities for each day look like and include. If you're ready to mix up the way you teach grammar and shift your instruction to a teaching technique that will engage students to internalize and transfer grammar concepts to their writing, then purchase this product.
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Teaching Commas Through Mentor Sentences: Six Weeks of Instruction BUNDLE
For more grammar products structured just like this one, check out the others that are available:
Commas: Items in a Series
Commas: Two Adjectives to Describe One Noun
Commas: Introductory Elements
Commas: Subordinating Conjunctions