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Today, I am going to share with you what I have found to be the BEST way to teach grammar and writing... and I'm going to focus on lower grades (1st and 2nd grades). Make sure to hang in til the end of the post to grab a freebie and find out about an exciting opportunity! If you are interested in upper grades, there's plenty of info you can read here!
First and second graders can absolutely benefit from mentor sentences, just as the kiddos in upper grades can! It might take a little longer for students to understand the routine than upper grade students, but just like with anything else, consistency is key!
Here is the schedule for the way I use mentor sentences in the classroom:
On Wednesday, for "Invitation to Revise" it would be a good idea to help guide the students in how to revise a sentence. One of the skills required by common core is to expand simple and compound sentences. One way to do this is to add adjectives before nouns. Giving them the sentence with blanks in front of the nouns so that students can brainstorm and help you revise the sentence first is a great way to get them thinking before they try to revise the sentence on their own.
On Friday, I would remove the chart and sentence from the students' view so they can't just copy on the "Invitation to Edit" quiz. In the lower grades quizzes I've made, I have included handwriting lines to encourage proper letter formation when the students re-write the sentence properly. The quiz will assess the skill that you've focused on all week. To give you an idea, here is the answer key to the weekly quiz that goes with the lesson I've shown you:
here, perfect for the beginning of the school year:
clicking here. You can also see a video of mentor sentences in action in a FIRST GRADE classroom (for the first time, too!) below:
And if you want to hear all about it IN PERSON, I am delivering professional development workshops this summer that you can attend! They are at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia, so I know that might not be ideal for some of you... but I know there are some Georgia Peaches that read the Primary Peach so I wanted to make sure to share with you! If you'd like to find out more information, click here!
Please let me know if you have any other questions! I love to hear how they are working in your classroom, too! :o)