Patricia Polacco 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 use mentor sentences during your author study of Patricia Polacco! 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.

This mini-unit is a collection of mentor sentences from all of my existing units by request of those doing an author study of Patricia Polacco. The Keeping Quilt is featured in Volume 1. My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, Thunder Cake, and The Junkyard Wonders are found in Volume 1. When Lightning Comes in a Jar and Chicken Sunday are featured in Volume 2. Pink and Say is featured in the Underground Railroad and Civil War Mini-Unit The Butterfly is featured in the Holocaust Mini-Unit. Mr. Lincoln’s Way is featured in the Celebrating Diversity Unit.

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 9 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.

Please download the preview file to see the layout. There are 9 lessons for the following books:

-The Keeping Quilt
commas in a series

-My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother
subjects and predicates, commas in a series

-When Lightning Comes in a Jar
vivid verbs

-Thunder Cake
figurative language/imagery

-The Junkyard Wonders

-Chicken Sunday

-Pink and Say

-The Butterfly
vivid verbs

-Mr. Lincoln’s Way

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


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

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 © 2013-2018 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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