In Mechanically Inclined, Jeff Anderson teaches sentence stalking, a way to use mentor texts of any length to draw students' attention to an author's craft, the goal being to highlight what is done well rather than to take kids on an error hunt.

What concepts can we teach from the following sentence?

“For one second, before the metal cooled, the inside of his right hand, from wrist to fingertips, was coated with solid silver” (Johnny Tremain 33).           


Talk about prepositional phrases. How many are there? 

Strip the prepositional phrases from the sentence. What is left? What does this tell us about the function of prepositional phrases?

Rearrange the prepositional phrases. Is there a better order, or is Forbes' syntax purposeful?

Discuss the imagery of the sentence.


What other concepts do you see?

 


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