Because of Winn-Dixie Mentor Sentences & Interactive Activities Mini-Unit (3-5)


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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 grammar and language during your novel study of Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo! 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 UnitVolume 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!

**Watch a video of Mentor Sentences in ACTION!**

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.

Skills covered in this unit:
➤compound sentences
➤prepositional phrases
➤quotation marks
➤possessive nouns
➤vivid verbs

Please download the preview file to see the layout. There are 5 lessons. I have broken the book apart into “chunks” for each lesson, stopping at natural points. You could do these lessons the week you are reading that section, or complete them the week AFTER you read that section. It is up to you!


Get the novel unit for Because of Winn-Dixie to also complete reading comprehension activities!

Love Kate DiCamillo? Where the Wild Things Learn and I paired up to bring you activities for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane! Get the Edward Tulane Mentor Sentences AND the Edward Tulane Novel Unit! We also paired up for Flora and Ulysses! Get the Flora & Ulysses Mentor Sentences AND the Flora & Ulysses Novel Unit!

Check out these other separate mentor sentence units to integrate other content!
The Holocaust Mentor Sentences and Interactive Activities Mini-Unit
The Underground Railroad and Civil War Mentor Sentences and Interactive Activities Mini-Unit
Westward Expansion Mentor Sentences and Interactive Activities Mini-Unit
Civil Rights Movement Mentor Sentences and Interactive Activities Mini-Unit
American Revolution Mentor Sentences and Interactive Activities Mini-Unit
Animals Mentor Sentences and Interactive Activities Mini-Unit

Math Mentor Sentences and Interactive Notebook Activities Unit


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.*

Copyright © 2017 Ideas By Jivey, LLC
All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey.
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Not for public display.

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