Underground Railroad & Civil War Mentor Sentences & Interactive Activities

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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43 PDF + 5 Google Slide Links
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Mentor sentences are the perfect way to teach grammar and author's craft through examples of excellent sentences from your favorite read-aloud books! This unit will be a great way to integrate Social Studies in with your mentor sentences during your study of the Underground Railroad and Civil War! It does not include explicit directions of how to implement mentor sentences in your room- these directions are in the Volume 1, FIRST Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit, Volume 2, FIRST Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit, or Volume 3, FIRST Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit products for sale.

Not familiar with mentor sentences? Read all about them here!

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I walk you through each day's lesson for 5 weeks- all the work is done! I've even done all the thinking for you when it comes to revising and imitating! :) Each lesson includes the teacher sentence page, the student sentence page, a lesson plan page with possibilities for all 4 days, an interactive activity with the focus skill, and a quiz aligned with CCSS with answer key. ★ The quizzes and interactive activities are included as printables and also digital-classroom-ready, provided as Google Slides. ★

Please download the preview file to see the layout. There are 5 lessons for the following books:

-Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter

prepositional phrases

-Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder

compound sentences

-Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson

complex sentences

-Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner

figurative vs. literal language

-Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco


I chose books that would be in most personal libraries or school media centers. All of these are personal favorites of mine!



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Check out these other separate mentor sentence units to integrate other content!

Civil Rights Movement Mentor Sentences and Interactive Activities Mini-Unit

The Holocaust Mentor Sentences and Interactive Activities Mini-Unit

Westward Expansion Mentor Sentences and Interactive Activities Mini-Unit

American Revolution Mentor Sentences and Interactive Activities Mini-Unit

Animals Mentor Sentences and Interactive Activities Mini-Unit

Wonder (the novel) Mentor Sentences and Interactive Activities Mini-Unit

Math Mentor Sentences and Interactive Notebook Activities Unit

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There are three volumes for grades 3-5 to help prevent repetition of mentor sentence lessons among grades in the same school.

Check out what’s in Volume 1!

Check out what’s in Volume 2!

Check out what’s in Volume 3!

Mentor Sentences can be done in ALL grades! Please tell your teacher friends about mentor sentences for their grade:

Kindergarten & ELL (Early Emergent Readers)

First Grade

Second Grade


Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher. It is not intended to be shared. Please use the 'additional license' purchase if more than one teacher will be using it. Thank you!

*The mentor sentence lessons I have created are adapted from the ideas of Jeff Anderson. These lessons were born from the routine that worked well in my classroom, and the demos and examples I present are variations of Jeff Anderson's methods. This is not the only way to "do" mentor sentences in your classroom.*

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Total Pages
43 PDF + 5 Google Slide Links
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 months
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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