These Sentence Building Activities for struggling writers come directly from the Essay Apprentice Writing System
. Activities are designed to introduce/review basic skills of writing through sentence construction skills. Create a classroom environment that promotes confidence in basic writing and allows students to feel comfortable with their own level of writing ability. The purpose of this section of Essay Apprentice is to get students to the next level of writing - the basic and not so basic sentence - the core of all writing.
The lessons in this packet are designed to help students to learn or review the basic parts of a sentence and sentence construction. This section is where grammar is hit hardest, but activities have been designed to take the guesswork and ambivalence out of constructivist grammar.
Sentence Construction Activities are focused on helping students write clean, succinct sentences that make sense. Includes 19 original activities!
Included in this packet:
Sentence Structure (1 page handout on very basic structure, word order)
Fragments (1 page activity prompting students to identify fragments or complete sentences)
Complete Sentences (1 page--students are asked to complete the fragment to make a complete sentence)
Punctuating Sentences (2 pages--works on adding punctuation to complete sentences and fragments)
Main and Subordinate Clauses (3 pages--asks students to identify main and subordinate clauses in sentences)
Punctuating Sentences II (2 pages--adding coordinating conjunctions and punctuation to sentences)
Punctuating Sentences III (2 pages-- punctuating sentences with main and subordinate clauses)
Types of Sentences (2 pages--one handout discussing interrogative, imperative, exclamatory and declarative sentences, then practice identifying each type)
Simple and Compound Sentences (2 pages--students are asked to identify main and subordinate clauses and then whether a sentence is simple or compound)
Expanding Sentences (2 pages working with modifiers to improve and expand sentences)
Punctuating Sentences IV (1 page practice punctuating sentences with appositives)
Doing the "-ing": Using gerunds (2 pages on identifying gerunds in sentences)
Complex and Compound-Complex Sentences (2 pages instructing students to identify main and subordinate clauses, then complex and compound-complex sentences)
Using Modifiers Correctly (2 pages on identifying and fixing misplaced modifiers)
Punctuating Sentences V (2 pages--punctuating essential and non-essential clauses in sentences)
Sentence Combining I (3 pages--students are given the task to combine 3 sentences into one complete sentence)
Sentence Combining II (3 pages--using different techniques to combine sentences)
Sentence Combining III (1 page "quiz" on combining)
Varying Sentence Beginnings (3 pages on using different techniques to write better sentences)
From the Essay Apprentice Writing System
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