Sentence Structure - Patterns
In this grammar activity, students join each simple sentence into a complex sentence by adding words to make one sentence of each pair an adverbial or relative clause.
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Learning to Do: Reflecting and Evaluating Process
A five-day plan spans conjunctions, reading comprehension, sequencing, paragraph wriitng, compare-and-contrast, context clues, and a wide array of other literacy skills. Content focuses on the human body, the digestive process, and man...
8th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Trait Practice: Sentence Fluency
Do your young writers need a little help varying their sentence structure? Have them work on common errors, sentence fluency, and writing patterns with a series of language arts activities. The resource includes reading passages as well...
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A News Story of Your Own: Sentence and Lexical Variety
Given the two-sentence skeleton of a news story about a car theft/joy ride, budding writers create their own version of the story varying diction and sentence structure to heighten interest and complexity in their writing. Resource...
8th - 11th English Language Arts
The Glorious Whitewasher
Young readers can be exposed to the literary works of Mark Twain as they interact with challenging text and gain experience by reading the complex passages of chapter two "The Glorious Whitewasher" from his famous book, The Adventures of...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Shakespearean Soliloquy Fluency: A Close Reading and Analysis of "To be or not to be"
Hamlet's famous soliloquy (Act III, scene i) gets the close reading treatment in a group of skill building exercises. Assuming the role of a WWE wrestler, a kindergarten teacher, ninja assassin, and others, learners deliver a line from...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Language Arts: Writing Through Reading
Improve writing skills using methods from Robert Gay's Writing Through Reading; Gay espouses reproducing the work of successful writers to build the ability to convey original ideas effectively. Young writers transcribe, paraphrase, and...
6th - 9th English Language Arts
Persuasion and Parallel Structure
Discuss the definition of parallel structure with your high school class. In small groups, they read a section of "The Declaration of Independence" to identify examples of parallel structure. Each learner writes an essay explaining the...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
The ABCs of the Three Little Pigs
Promote sentence variety through an engaging writing activity. First, read through a plain version of Cinderella and discuss what makes it so boring, focusing on sentence structure and beginnings. Then, read a more exciting version and...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable