Objective: The purpose of this book is to help young students learn to identify the parts of sentences, identify types of sentences, and be able to write strong sentences.
Students will begin to accomplish this objective by learning to identify the parts of a sentence. Next, they will learn to recognize common mistakes made by emerging writers. Finally, they will practice writing strong sentences that follow several sentence structures. For even more practice writing stronger sentences, try Writing Tricks Plus a book that shows students sixteen “tricks” for writing stronger sentences.
Whether you are writing a story, essay, report, or research paper, the quality of your writing begins with the sentence. The ability to write strong sentences as well as the ability to write a variety of sentence types is at the heart of all writing. The purpose of this book is to help young students learn to identify the parts of sentences, identify types of sentences, and be able to write strong sentences themselves. Here is how this book is organized:
The first section begins with an overview of the four basic types of sentences: Declarative, Interrogative, Exclamatory, and Imperative. This is a throwback to the old standards that have young students look at the ways in which sentences are used. Personally, I begin with the second unit since the overview is served while looking at the parts of a sentence. However, there is some value in front loading students with this information. Also, there is some value in modeling the four types of sentences. Thus, for the very young students, this is not a bad way to begin.
The second section is actually the mini-book Sentence Fragments and Run-ons offered at Teachers Pay Teachers. It shows students how to identify the parts of a sentence. The students will look at what makes up a sentence and learn to identify common mistakes made by emerging writers. By the time students finish this section, they should have a solid grasp of sentence writing.
The final section helps students learn to write stronger sentences. Here, students learn that it is possible to write longer sentences as long as all the parts of the sentence are used properly. The students begin by reviewing the simple sentence. Next, students are shown how to put two simple sentences together to make a compound sentence. Finally, the students learn to add a dependent clause to a sentence to make complex sentences. This is a great way to end the students’ study of sentence writing.
Obviously, the goal of these worksheets is to have students write strong sentences. These worksheets will help give the students confidence to write good sentences and give them the ability to self-correct when they make mistakes. With this in mind many of the worksheets require that the students practice the skills taught within an actual writing situation. The extensions will give them immediate practice and help them see the practical application of what they’ve learned.