9th - 12th

Writers use the four steps outlined here to edit their own or a peer’s paper. Using different colors of highlighters, editors note “to be” verbs, examine the length of sentences, box the first word in every sentence, and mark instances of banned words (very, got, get, nice, bad, etc.). A great strategy, especially for your visual learners.

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Pathwise Instruction Plan-Sequencing Events

First graders write an expository paragraph. In this paragraph writing literacy lesson, 1st graders activate prior knowledge about the components of a paragraph, then listen to the story Pumpkin, Pumpkin, by Jean Titherington. Students sequence three sentences from the story using the SMARTBoard. Students write a three sentence paragraph summarizing the book.

Grammar Skills

In these verb tenses and word order worksheets, students complete several activities that help them learn to understand and correctly use the future verb tense and sentence word order.

Learning Vocabulary by Using Reference Materials

Finding engaging ways to help your middle schoolers build their vocabulary is not easy to do. The lesson presented here offers a great way to motivate them to build vocabulary by making it into a game. Teams of pupils use a dictionary and vocabulary scavenger hunt worksheets, embedded in the plan, to work on adding unfamiliar words to their repertoire. Along with finding the definition for each word, they must come up its part of speech, find a synonym for it, list its language of derivation, and use it in a sentence. Now, that is how a person really learns a word!

Counting Sentences' Words

Explore language arts by completing a worksheet with class. They read the story Owl Moon and discuss the rhythm of the writing and how action verbs are used appropriately. Then complete a writing worksheet which discusses writing fluently and nondescript sentences.

Counting Sentences' Words

Students explore sentence fluency and organization in their writing. In this six traits of writing lesson, students listen to Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. Using the language patterns found in this book as a model, students work in groups to add details to short sentences provided by the teacher. Each student chooses one of these sentences as a paragraph topic and focuses on incorporating varied sentence length as s/he writes.

Counting Words in a Sentence

Combine numbers and pre-reading by counting the words in a sentence. Kindergartners  begin by counting objects in the room, putting a counter down for each number. Do this a few times to get them confident with the skill before applying it to reading. Youngsters listen to sentences and place counters down for each word. Engage them by making the sentences about the class, and slowly use more multi-syllable words. Read the common struggles to be prepared for ways you can assist with problems. The video link may be down, but it isn't necessary.

Counting Sentences' Words

Scholars expand short, nondescript sentences by adding descriptive words and phrases. In this Owl Moon lesson, sentence length and rhythmic language are identified and discussed. Authentic student samples are reviewed to identify characteristics of effective writing fluency. Children use the writing process to develop a descriptive paragraph using the identified elements of sentence fluency as a model.

The Patchworker - Sentences Making Sense

An entertaining and educationally sound lesson plan on sentence structure is here for you. Young readers play an online game called "The Patchwork Game" where they must patch together a series of words in order to create a complete sentence. Another nice feature of the lesson plan is the printable worksheet that can be sent home as a homework assignment. The lesson plan can also be done off-line, and terrific instructions for the off-line plan are present as well. A very nice lesson plan for the little ones!

Write Sentences

These short sentences will give your budding writers practice printing whole words and leaving space between them. They copy two short sentences and are instructed to leave a finger space between words. Learners illustrate the first sentence by drawing a picture of themselves. Can they segment the sentence by pronouncing words individually?

Life Sentence

Students investigate a vocabulary word by holding a fake auction.  In this word visualization lesson, students are assigned a vocabulary word through a class auction and must illustrate its meaning and find its definition.  Students share their word with the rest of the class and learn the new vocabulary collectively.

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