Objective: The purpose of this book is to help students write strong sentences while helping them avoid common mistakes such as run-on and fragment sentences.
Students will accomplish this objective by learning to identify the parts of a sentence. Next, they will learn to recognize common mistakes made by emerging writers. When they have a solid understanding of how sentences are formed, they will practice writing in a variety of sentence structures. These will focus on the four types of sentences: the simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentence. 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. Here is how this book is organized:
The first section contains many of the worksheets from 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 second section takes sentence writing to a whole new level. While in section one, students learn the basic structure of sentences. In this section the students learn how to manipulate the parts of a sentence to write in a variety of styles, all while making sure they stay within the rules of sentence writing. A good writer knows that the quality of a sentence is not in its length. However, the same writer knows how to mix shorter and longer sentences to create a rhythm within the writing. This section will give the students the confidence to write sentences of any length and know that they are staying within the rules of good writing.
How are the students able to write such intelligent sentences with confidence? Within the second section, the students begin by reviewing what they have just learned, the parts of a sentence. Little by little, the students learn to add phrases to make simple sentences stronger. They learn to combine simple sentences into compound sentences. They learn to add clauses to turn simple sentences into complex sentences. Ultimately, they learn to combine compound and complex sentences to form the mammoth compound-complex sentence.
As if all this were not enough, the final section helps students practice combining simple sentences into stronger sentences using the skills they have just learned. In the third section “Sentence Combining” students are shown common sentences written by emerging writers. They are then shown how to take the skills from Unit 2 and use them to write compound, complex, or compound-complex sentences. There will be many times that the teachers will be able to take sample sentences from their students own writing and point to the examples in this section. The students will be reminded of the lessons learned and know how to revise their writing accordingly.
Note: Regarding the idea of having students assess each other’s writing, with some encouragement and practice with the teacher, the students can use the skills from “Sentence Combining” to help assess each other’s writing during the revise / edit stages of the writing process. This is a serious time saver, as most teachers do not have time to correct rough drafts before the students write their final drafts. A few mini-lessons from you, which involve taking examples from your students’ writing and showing them how to combine them into stronger sentences, will help your students do the same for each other.
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.