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Planning a Language Arts Schedule (How To Fit It All In!)

A question I’m commonly asked by upper elementary teachers in regards to using mentor texts is just how to plan a schedule that can fit it all in… for some teachers, outside forces make it very difficult. Strict mandates from your administration or bell schedules obviously cannot be helped. (If you have 45 minutes for […]

Mentor Sentences Routine: Break It Down (Assessment)

The mentor sentences routine revolves so much around discussion on Day One and Day Two, and practicing on Day Three and Day Four, but there still needs to be some time to check in on what students are retaining through a short formative assessment. Let’s wrap up how to implement the mentor sentence routine in 2nd-5th […]

Mentor Sentences Routine: Break It Down (Time to Imitate)

As you’ve progressed through each day of the mentor sentences routine, you’ve seen how this transforms the way students learn grammar and language standards. Students notice the RIGHT things to do in writing, rather than the wrong on Day One. Then on Day Two, students discuss the function of words in a sentence in order […]