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Ms. Rossey from Woodbridge VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Mentor Sentences Surgery

Help me give my students mentor books to help​ with their writing and reading comprehension.

  • $164 goal

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My Students

I have 24 wonderful, smart and kind second grade students in my classroom. My school is in Woodbridge, VA, which is one of the many suburbs of Washington, DC. Both our school and the classrooms are every diverse, both culturally and economically. A mini United Nations, with many different languages spoken at home. About 36% of our school population receive free or reduced-price lunch. Even with this diversity, the school received the School of Excellence award for the 2016-2017 school year.

My classroom currently has ESOL students (English as a Second Language), Special education students, and General education students, all of the students in the classroom read at their own instructional level whether that be on grade level, above grade level or below grade level.

The students are very creative, they love to read and write their own stories. I have a couple of artists in my room as well.

My Project

These titles have been carefully selected to teach grammar and mechanics in a meaningful and exciting way. The traditional approach to teaching mechanics is often ineffective for students because it lacks meaningful application. Using these mentor texts, students will learn to look at sentences written by established authors, notice grammar and mechanics at work in the sentences, and apply those skills in their own writing. These titles serve many purposes in the classroom and can be used for a variety of subject areas.

A "Mentor" is an experienced and trusted adviser - why can't that adviser be a sentence?

It can! Using a strategy called "Mentor Sentences" (inspired by the writings of author Jeff Anderson) students will look more closely at a carefully selected sentence from a familiar text and use it to advise their own writing. On Monday, students will be presented with the mentor sentence. They will be invited to notice interesting qualities of the writing. This requires students to look at the writing as an author, and encourages a deeper level of thinking and processing skills. On Tuesday, students will diagram the mentor sentence, looking for parts of speech and the specific grammar conventions that have been taught in other lessons. On Wednesday, students will attempt to improve the original sentence by looking at word choice (using synonyms), adding descriptive and vivid language (adjectives and vocabulary), and considering punctuation (use of ellipses, hyphens, etc.). On Thursday, students will imitate the author by writing their own original sentence that uses the same structure and grammar conventions as the mentor sentence. The week concludes with an assessment of the grammar focus.

It is time to offer my students a way of accessing grammar and writing conventions in a powerful and purposeful way. These texts will help us get there!

Ms. Rossey
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Paperboy • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
A Moment In Time • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Roller Coaster • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
A Sweet Smell of Roses • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Thunder Cake • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
100th Day Worries • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Scaredy Squirrel • Amazon Business $7.30 1 $7.30
Three Cheers for Tacky (Tacky the Penguin) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Do Like Kyla (Orchard Paperbacks) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Shortcut • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Parts (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Important Book • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
What If You Had Animal Eyes? • Amazon Business $4.57 1 $4.57
What If You Had Animal Teeth? • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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