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Mentor Sentences

April 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm MDT

Use model sentences to teach grammar, craft moves (revision), and lift the level of student writing.

Registration is OPEN.
El Paso, Texas

Workshop Summary

Alice Nine will show you how to use grammar while practicing revision and editing skills with mentor sentences using her simple instructional routine ( #A9_TSI ).  She will show you how to lift student writing by —

*Using grammar for mastery through meaningful application
*Developing the habit of noticing language patterns
*Analyzing and imitating authors’ craft purposefully

Alice Nine’s strategy ( #A9_TSI ) makes daily application and practice of foundational knowledge and skills easy to blend 
into any writing program at any grade level.

Alignment with new ELAR TEKS

Strand 6: The student uses appropriate conventions to edit sentences. The student develops his or her revision skills by learning how authors craft sentences and by imitating authors to craft his or her own sentence. The student improves his or her editing and revision skills by developing the habit of noticing. The student uses legible handwriting.
Strand 1 – The student learns and uses the academic vocabulary of grammar.

Workshop Agenda

Mentor Sentences is a one-day workshop day. View / Print the Agenda.
This workshop is offered on two dates: April 25 and June 13, 2019.
Activities in April are designed with a focus kindergarten through second grade.
Activities in June are designed with a focus on grades 3 and above.

It’s easy to enroll
1)  Follow directions on the Registration Form. Please note: Payment can be made with credit card at our Online Store.
2)  Our PD facilitator will complete your registration and send a confirmation email to you.
View/Print: Brochure / Registration Form.


Why work with one sentence at a time?
The answer is in this quote.

“In her book The Writing Life (1989), Annie Dillard tells the story of a fellow writer who was asked by a student, “Do you think I could be a writer?” “‘Well,’ the writer said, ‘do you like sentences?'” The student is surprised by the question, but Dillard knows exactly what was meant. He was being told, she explains, that “if he likes sentences he could begin,” and she remembers a similar conversation with a painter friend. “I asked him how he came to be a painter. He said, ‘I like the smell of paint.'” The point, made implicitly (Dillard does not belabour it), is that you don’t begin with a grand conception, either of the great American novel or masterpiece that will hang in the Louvre. You begin with a feel for the nitty-gritty material of the medium, paint in one case, sentences in the other.”  ― Stanley Fish


Mentor Sentences is a Growing Strong Writers workshop.
Growing Strong Writers Workshop Series with Alice Nine is attentive to the importance of daily writing practice, the complex demands of learning English, and a desire to cultivate a love for writing

These workshops offer super simple, no nonsense, can-use-it-tomorrow routines and strategies. Workshops are interactive with teachers doing the work of a student to step-by-step experience the routines themselves. to examine routine procedures and management, and to clarify, connect, and expand personal knowledge. Alice also shares practical ideas for adapting routines to meet diverse student needs and the demands of writing across core curriculum.

Other Growing Strong Writer workshops:  How We Write, Writing with Authors, Sentence Combining, Poetry Fridays, Morning Pages, Small Writing, Poetry Notebook.


Radison Hotel El Paso Airport
1770 Airway Blvd
El Paso, TX 79925 United States
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