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If you’ve missed any of the previous posts about mentor sentences from either me or Collaboration Cuties, check them out by clicking on the tab at the top- under my header- called Mastering Mentor Sentences (after you read this post, of course!). Technically though, this is my first post in the series that we are doing together!
We first heard the idea from Jeff Anderson in his awesome professional books. We took his ideas and adapted them to make a routine that worked for elementary school. Here is what we do!
In today’s post, I am going to focus on Day 1 and Day 2 -in a normal week, those days would be Monday and Tuesday. If it’s a short week, we do both of these parts in one day.
I give the students their sentence for the week to glue down into their journals. This sentence comes from a book we read the week before, or we are going to read that week. Usually, I have not read the book when I give them the sentence, so when I do read the book, they are hanging on every word, waiting to hear the sentence. I have trained mine to snap when they hear me read the sentence (instead of shouting out). Last week, we used a sentence from one of my favorite books, Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney which I had already read to them the week before as part of our biographies unit.
Sojourner put one big-black-beautiful foot in front of the other and she STOMPED on the floorboards of ignorance that were underneath.
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