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Teaching Grammar without Lots of Drills and Handouts


Sarah Esberger shows how to use Mentor Sentences in the classroom by having students examine an author's intent through word choices and the deeper meanings behind the word play.

9-10.L.CSE.2  (LANGUAGE STANDARDS: Conventions of Standard English – Standard 2)
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing; when reading and writing, explain the functions of semicolons and colons to separate related ideas and use them correctly to do so; write and edit work so that it conforms to a style guide appropriate for the discipline and writing type.

9-10.L.KL.3 (LANGUAGE STANDARDS: Knowledge of Language – Standard 3
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

9-10.RL.CS.4 (READING STANDARDS: Craft and Structure – Standard 4)
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, such as how language evokes a sense of time and place, and how it communicates an informal or formal tone.