Daily Grammar Mentor Sentences Unit: Celebrating Diversity (Grades 1-2)


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Mentor sentences are the perfect way to teach grammar and author’s craft through examples of excellent sentences from your favorite read-aloud books!

Making sure students feel represented in culture, gender, race, religion, and family structures is so important. This unit is just what you need to integrate some books into your lessons that also celebrate diversity and help your students see themselves in the story.

These can be used as either an add-on to your year of mentor sentences, or used to get started with mentor sentences in your classroom. They do NOT have to be done in the order they are presented in this unit, although I did choose several foundational skill lessons in case you do start the year with this set.

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I walk you through each day’s lesson for 10 weeks- all the work is done! Each lesson includes the teacher sentence page, directions/guidance for each day for the teacher, the student sentence page for second grade as well as emergent with words out of order (students cut and glue them back in order), a flap activity for the skill of the week, the sentence frame for the teacher imitation, the student imitation page provided with handwriting assistance and without, a class book cover in color and black and white, and a quiz over the week’s focus skill (two versions provided: one for emergent students and one for second graders).

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There is a 9-page introduction in this FIRST unit with pictures included of how I use mentor sentences in my room (VERY detailed, day-by-day), followed by 10 lessons for the following books:

-My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits


-Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! by Maria Dismondy

proper nouns

-The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig


-Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

attributes in categories

-Crow Boy by Taro Yashima


-Lost and Found Cat by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes

possessive nouns

-Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

question words

-I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

giving reasons why – “because”

-A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts


-Latke, The Lucky Dog by Ellen Fischer

ordinal numbers as adjectives

I chose books that would be in most personal libraries or school media centers. All of these are personal favorites of mine!



There are COMPANION SETS to get the most bang for your buck with these mentor texts!

★ COMING SOON – Celebrating Diversity Vivid Vocabulary Companion: includes vocabulary activities to use the words IN CONTEXT from the same books in this mentor sentence set.

★ COMING SOON – You’ll also love to use these mentor texts in reading and writing, too! Make sure to get BETTER THAN BASAL: Celebrating Diversity Reading & Writing Units for 10 Popular Mentor Texts!


★ Get the BUNDLE with all Mentor Sentences, Interactive Notebooks, Vocabulary Activities, and Reading and Writing activities for all 10 mentor texts in the companion sets! Check out the GROWING BUNDLE for Celebrating DIVERSITY here!

★ Check out these other separate mentor sentence mini-units to integrate other content!


Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher. It is not intended to be shared. Please use the ‘additional license’ purchase if more than one teacher will be using it. Thank you!

*The mentor sentence lessons I have created are adapted from the ideas of Jeff Anderson. These lessons were born from the routine that worked well in my classroom, and the demos and examples I present are variations of Jeff Anderson’s methods. This is not the only way to “do” mentor sentences in your classroom.*

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