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Teaching Sentence Skills

These resources focus on teaching students how to write effective sentences. They are designed to enhance the teaching of grammar in the context of reading and writing using mentor sentences. Mentor sentences, or sentences that highlight a grammatical point, were chosen primarily from published writing that is familiar to students. Mentor sentences can also be written by the teacher or taken from student writing. The purpose is to show students how to notice grammatical points when reading and apply this knowledge to their own writing.

We encourage you to approach the teaching of grammar through real-world examples and to instill a sense of discovery and empowerment in your students. Teach students to think about the purpose or effect of grammatical points on the reader and demonstrate how to make purposeful choices to improve writing.

The following instructional practices for teaching written conventions in context use model sentences to help students learn how conventions are used by authors to clarify and convey meaning in their writing.

  • Notice
  • Imitate
  • Share
  • Collect
  • Write/Revise
  • Break Apart/Combine

Click the links below to view the resources of this series in the Texas Gateway. The resources can be viewed as a single resource here.

Teaching Written Conventions in Context

Teaching Apostrophes in Context

Teaching Appositives in Context

Teaching Capitalization in Context

Teaching Colons in Context

Teaching Dialogue in Context

Teaching Simple and Compound Sentences in Context

Teaching Active and Passive Verbs in Context

Writing a Series


The Online Resource Companion Workbook contains the complete set of handouts referenced in the series of resources above.  The workbook is to be used in conjunction with the resources to support and enhance the learning of participants as they work through the series. It is available for download by clicking the button below.

Teaching Sentence Skills Online Resource Companion Workbook


These resources are based on the Invitational Grammar and Editing Process described in Everyday Editing (Stenhouse, 2007) by Jeff Anderson.