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?

“Avery put on clean underwear, clean blue jeans, and a clean shirt (Charlotte’s Web 119).

Teach or review the serial comma (x, x, and x).

Talk about the effect of repeating "clean" three times.

Review parallel structure.

What other concepts do you see?

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