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Challenge your writers to improve their writing by introducing them to 10 strategies they can use to vary their sentence structures. Each strategy is described and examples given. Pupils then create their own sentences using this pattern.  An extended practice instructional activity is also included.
In this sentence variety worksheet, students learn that modifier placement can make sentences more interesting. Students read 10 sentences and add an initial, mid-sentence or terminal modifier as directed. This is an on-line interactive exercise.
Covering vocabulary, literary analysis, and grammar, this worksheet would be a great study guide or homework assignment for an eighth-grade Language Arts class. Though the five stories by Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry, and Oscar Wilde are very specific, a teacher could work their own material into this format. A section on the different types of irony as they relate to the stories is especially helpful, as well as grammar questions about different phrases and sentence types.
Thoroughly reviewing the concepts of poetic structure, clauses, sentence types, and phrases, this worksheet would be a great tool for a class in the middle of a poetry and/or grammar unit. Though some of the questions on poetry are specific to nine listed poems, they can be altered to include the poems that you are reading in class. The poetry element questions, as well as the grammar questions, can be used regardless of the poems you are teaching.
Convey the importance of sentence variety and introduce your class to different sentence patterns. Have class members take notes or take some breaks in the presentation to practice writing the variety of patterns introduced. 
Tired of boring, redundant essays? Color-coded slides introduce writers to four basic sentence patterns: the simple sentence, the compound sentence, the complex sentence, and the compound-complex sentence. Sentence variety will help keep readers interested.
Help your developing writers spice up their writing by studying simple, compound, and complex sentences.
Sentence variety is extremely important when it comes to learning the written word. Add variety to your learners' writing by focusing on clauses and compound sentences. The information provided is followed by a practice opportunity to edit 10 questions. 
Students demonstrate increased awareness of and ability to edit their sentence errors. They demonstrate a wider range of writing style strategies thereby increasing their sentence variety and length.
Promote sentence variety through an engaging writing activity. First, read through a boring version of Cinderella and discuss what makes it so boring, focusing on sentence structure and beginnings. Then, read a more exciting version and examine the reasons this story is more successful. Allow class members to choose a fairy tale to rewrite; the beginning of each sentence should start with a different letter, following alphabetical order. The final product will be a series of 26-sentence stories that creatively tap into different structures in order to include every letter from A-Z. The two model stories are included.
In this sentence variety worksheet, students read about how writers use different types of sentences, then change underlined sentences, complete sentences, and write 4 for a poster that persuades, using sentence variety.
Are your young writers afraid of semicolons? Show them the proper way to use these useful punctuation points when linking ideas together. Outlining both rules and examples, this resource is a great way to show your pupils how to vary their sentence structure using semicolons. 
What must a sentence contain in order to be complete? What different types of sentences exist? Look at declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences with this 17-slide presentation. Several example sentences are shown, and the presentation also highlights incomplete sentences and how to correct them. Pair these slides with a worksheet on sentence variety, and you're ready to go!
Students practice biographical writing after completing research on the subject.  In this journalism activity, students read a story of an important person's life and discuss the important moments along the way.  Students utilize their information to retell the story in their words, practicing new writing techniques throughout the assignment.
Eleventh graders brainstorm personal experiences and create journal entries that reflect these experiences. They select and develop one of these journals into a personal narrative. They revise and edit their narratives through peer response writing and editing groups.
Students revise writing to improve style, word choice, sentence variety and subtlety of meaning after rethinking how questions of purpose, audience and genre have been addressed. They recognize the importance of details in writing.
Junior high writers investigate other student’s sample writing and critique on how it could be improved. Skill emphasis is place on elaboration, voice, and sentence variety. The student writing is provided, but the checklist for revision is not. 
Ninth graders research various aspects of The Great Depression. They select a topic related to this information. Students gather five sources on their topic and select the most important information. They present information using a writing format.
Students read and respond to 'In Search of American Originals' about a contemporary American book. In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read the text and analyze the text through an analysis paper.
In this writing worksheet, students learn proper punctuation and sentence variety as they write a dialogue pertaining to events in Night of the Twisters. Students read the information about how to use quotation marks, then write their dialogue.

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