It's Tuesday! I tried it! Now it is time to link up with Holly!
This week, I decided to post about my journey with mentor sentences in honor of the STAAR Writing test today. The test has two parts; a written composition (either personal narrative or expository) and a revising and editing part. In the past I have used Evan-Moor's Daily Paragraph Editing. I liked the program, and I felt like my students were successful. Most importantly, I thought they were prepared for the test.
Last year, the district switched to using Jeff Anderson's mentor sentences. I tried it. I wasn't that impressed and was lost. I went back to using my tried and true, paragraph editing.
This year, the district chose mentor sentences that correlated with the Comprehension Tool Kit mentor texts.
Score! Now all I needed was how to fit it into a daily format that worked for me.
Monday - Introduce the mentor sentence. Invite students to notice the part of speech focus.
Tuesday - Study a second sentence with the same part of speech focus.
Wednesday - Study a third sentence with the same part of speech focus.
(Tuesday & Wednesday's sentences are pulled from the current read aloud or other mentor text.)
Thursday - Write your own sentence using the same part of speech focus.
Next year, I plan to tweak this again. I realized they need even more grammar practice.