I have created this product after seeing my students struggle with basic sentence and paragraph writing. I also noticed that students would use the same words all the time, not be able to modify sentences with synonyms or antonyms, and not be able to add details to their sentences and paragraphs. Even more, students were able to tell me what parts of speech were when asked out of context, but then when they had to identify the parts of speech IN a sentence, I decided right then and there that they needed something that they could work on each week that was in a similar format every week yet reviewing all different types of skills.
I have included a variety of skills for students to work on. These skills include: subject and predicate (simple and complete), compound words, contractions, synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, types of sentences, homophones, prefixes, suffixes, and more. At the end of the week (Thursday), students will use the sentence of the week to write a 5 sentence paragraph. I included this because a lot of times students have a hard time adding detail sentences to their paragraphs or just having one paragraph about the same topic. On Friday students will edit together and rewrite their paragraph with an illustration.
This packet can be used in a variety of ways. It could be a daily writing warm up to be used before your writing time. It could be used in conjunction with your grammar or writing center. It could be morning work, early finisher work, or even after lunch work! Often times I would have some type of activity that was a constant for after lunch. This would bring the students in and calm them down from the chaos of lunch. A sentence a day practice would be great for that time too!
I strongly feel that doing these simple yet repetitive activities will help students throughout the year. It will not only help them with their writing but it will help them get these types of questions right with ease during state testing. If students can get these grammar type questions correct with ease, they can focus their attention on the more challenging questions, such as reading comprehension and inferring.
There are plenty of possibilities with this!
*Please note: There is not an answer key included with this due to the variety of answers that could result in most of the tasks required of the students.