Sentence Variety Teacher Resources
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Sentence Variety I
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.
Clauses and Compound 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.
How to Use Sentence Variety to Strengthen Your Writing
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.
Sentence Combining/Sentence Variety
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 worksheet is also included.
Developing Editing & Style Through Sentence Combining
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.
Sentence Variety and Modifier Placement
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.
Test Review Sheet: Irony, Comma Rules, and Sentence Variety,
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.
Test Review Sheet: Poems and Sentence Variety
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.
Teach a Mini-Lesson Sentence Variety
Help your developing writers spice up their writing by studying simple, compound, and complex sentences.
Sentence Construction: What is a Sentence?
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!
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.
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.
A Pixie Biography Report
Students practice biographical writing after completing research on the subject. In this journalism instructional 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.
Polishing Narrative Writing
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.
In this paragraph structure worksheet, 6th graders read the provided paragraph and respond to 4 multiple choice questions regarding its structure. Students also examine a sample outline for a 3-paragraph essay.
The Malnourished Paragraph
Young scholars 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.
Exploring Facets of life in the 1930s presented in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men
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.
Writer's Workshop Writing Dialogue: Night of the Twisters
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.
Language Arts: Sentence Variety and Fluency
High schoolers are able to identify, create, and evaluate three kinds of sentences: simple, compound, and complex. They are able identify the purpose of various sentence types: declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory, and conditional.
Rainbow Revisions: Creating Sentence Variety : Editing, Creative Writing, Grammar, Punctuation
Students write varied sentence structure. They use commas properly in a series. They use correct capitalization and spelling.