In 5th Grade we Use Mentor Sentences Weekly in our Classrooms

What are mentor sentences?

Mentor sentences are well-written sentences that show off author’s craft from books we are reading in the classroom. They are chosen based on style, language, grammar, and mechanics.

Why do we use mentor sentences our classrooms?

Mentor sentences are a wonderful way to show students how writing should look, as opposed to some programs that fill a sentence with mistakes for the students to find. The idea behind mentor sentences is that students will notice all the good things about a sentence and use those techniques in their own writing. It is also a great way to present grammar in a spiral method. We work on these sentences over a period of a week and at the end of that time students will complete a check-in assignment.