Jivey's Upper Elementary All Access Members:
transform their ELA block with research-based resources for grades 3-5
don't get locked into a curriculum that requires teaching books in a certain order... they have the flexibility to choose the books and skills they want to teach each week
receive hundreds of ready-to-teach activities at their fingertips for over 150 picture books
no longer spend their nights and weekends hunting for quality units for their favorite mentor texts
have endless options for mixed-age/combo classes or for looping with students- no book repeats
Are you a 1st- or 2nd-grade teacher?
A membership JUST FOR YOU is now open!SEE THE PRIMARY MEMBERSHIP
EVERY MENTOR TEXT UNIT IN THE MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:
Every unit includes a weeklong mentor sentence lesson with a display, student notebook sentences, an interactive activity aligned to the key focus skill, a teacher key, and a formative assessment.
Reading & Writing Activities
Every unit provides suggested teaching points aligned with as many standards as possible, and includes organizers and activities perfect for gradual release lessons.
Every unit covers six tier-two and/or tier-three vocabulary words from the mentor text with activities and an assessment that require true comprehension and application of the words.
EVERY ACTIVITY IS PROVIDED IN PRINT AND DIGITAL FORMATS!JOIN THE MEMBERSHIP NOW FOR FULL ACCESS
WHY SHOULD YOU USE MENTOR TEXTS?
A mentor text is not simply a read-aloud. It serves as a model to inspire students to practice a skill.
In reading, students will watch and listen to you model a comprehension skill in order to understand how to do it on their own.
In writing, students will be inspired to write similarly to the mentor text.
In grammar, students will notice all of the “good” in a sentence from the text (called a mentor sentence), and then learn how to incorporate it into their own writing.
There is a lot of imitation that occurs with a mentor text; students will impersonate techniques from the texts you present across the subjects.
But most importantly for you, using mentor texts is going to maximize your teaching time.
Using literature is an excellent way to introduce a lesson, but starting EVERY lesson with a new text makes it awfully difficult to keep those mini-lessons MINI! One of the best parts of using a mentor text is that it gives you more time to TEACH.
Mentor Sentences For Grammar
For 10-15 minutes each day at the start of writing time, look at a mentor sentence that was taken from the mentor text you are reading that week. Students notice all the wonderful things about it, figure out patterns in parts of speech, revise the sentence, and imitate the author in their writing- all over the course of the week.
Gradual Release Reading Activities
In reading, one way to lead your lesson is to use a graphic organizer. It will help guide their thinking, and it allows for an “I Do, We Do, You Do” lesson- start the graphic organizer with them, then they can help suggest something to add to it, and finally they can finish it on their own.
Vocabulary in Context
Effective vocabulary instruction involves presenting the words in context (like through books), then allowing students to PRACTICE using the words in context, too. Give students the opportunities to make connections between the words and concepts with the activities, and provide repeated exposures to the words.
Quick writes are first drafts that help students develop writing confidence. They don't always go past "draft" stage. Give students the writing prompt that is aligned to the theme, problem, moral, or subject/idea of the mentor text so they can impersonate structure or craft while applying the skills learned over the week.
Join this membership and have instant access to every mentor text unit in Volumes 1, 2, and 3, plus bonuses.
Save Precious Time
Stop wasting nights and weekends hunting for activities to use with all your favorite mentor texts.
Jivey's materials have been teacher-tested by thousands and support researched best-practices!
WHAT BOOKS ARE USED IN THE UNITS?
You have access to every unit within every volume that I've created! Check out each of the volumes below to see the book lists.
**The books are not included! All of these books can likely be found in your library, or make wonderful additions to classroom book collections!
Volume 1 Mentor Texts
Volume 2 Mentor Texts
Volume 3 Mentor Texts
Bonus Unit Mentor Texts
WHAT SKILLS ARE COVERED IN THE UNITS?
Every unit has multiple activities provided so that you can choose to teach what your students need.
Reading activities cover skills such as:
- using evidence to describe, infer, and draw conclusions
- identifying and supporting theme
- identifying and supporting character traits
- explaining figurative language
- identifying vivid language
- supporting opinions
- comparing characters
- comparing texts to media and other texts
- defining words using context clues
Vocabulary activities incorporate:
- identifying part of speech and defining the word using book clues
- completing a sentence based on context
- word parts (roots, prefixes, suffixes)
- creating dialogue
- multiple meanings of words and understanding context for use
- demonstrating comprehension by providing personal examples
Mentor sentence lessons spiral many skills weekly, but focus on the following:
- frequently confused words
- proper nouns
- commas in a series
- vivid verbs
- quotation marks and dialogue
- figurative language
- relative pronouns
- relative adverbs
- abstract nouns
- simple, compound, and complex sentences
- subjects and predicates
- independent and dependent clauses
- sentence types (declarative, interrogative, etc)
- prepositions and prepositional phrases
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I am passionate about making literacy accessible for all students using research-based strategies. Students learn best through content integration and in-context skills, and my goal is to help you deliver your instruction with these best practices! I know teachers struggle day-to-day to get it all done. I'm here to help lighten your load with quality lessons and activities!
I have 10 years of classroom teaching experience in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades, and 10 years of professional development delivery experience in ELA and Social Studies. I am currently creating curricula, sharing ideas, and mentoring other teachers, as well as continuing to deliver professional development sessions on utilizing mentor texts and mentor sentences in the classroom.
I have my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, a Master of Education degree with a Reading Endorsement, and a Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership. I consider myself a lifelong learner, so it is important to me to continue my own professional development through educational texts, online courses, and professional articles.