Let’s face it. Grammar can be boring. Unless, you teach it is through mentor sentences! The benefits of using mentor sentences in the middle school grades are: student choice, easy to differentiate, study any story, and study any grammatical concept. Students will explore grammar, writing, and literature through novels and interactive notebooks. Each class will require much participation and preparation by the students.
- Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
- Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
- Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone 5. Analyze information about the major components of the universe.
- Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
- Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
- Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive
- Use intensive pronouns
- Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person
- Recognize and correct vague pronouns
- Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing
- Use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements
- Call of the Wild by Jack London
- Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
- Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- Hatchet by Gary Paulson
- The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Kurtis
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
Each class will begin with 15 min. of grammar activities (yes, you can do grammar in 15 minutes!) followed by 40 minutes of literature discussion
and activities based on the novel that is being read. Homework: There will be required reading and writing assignments for this class. All books must be purchased and acquired by the parents.