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First, we go through the top of the notes page where we discusss what an adverb is. Then we move into discussing the importance of sentence variety and starting our sentences with different words while continuing to use descriptive writing. One way to do both these things is to move an adverb to the start of your sentence, but you must add a comma when doing this.
After competing the first example as a class, students go through the notes page examples with their team, identifying the subject, verb, and adverb in each sentence. Then they rewrite the sentences by moving the adverb to the front, careful not to omit any words in the sentence.
When transitioning from the notes page to the group activity, we complete a teacher-led class brainstorming of adverbs to familiarize ourselves with that vocabulary. I write a verb on the board, and students respond by listing adverbs that show how the verb could be described (verb=falling, adberb=gracefully) This helps us prepare to write our own adverb sentences.
Finally, students go through the Group Activty by doing the same thing they did in the previous notes page; however, they are racing against their classmates to finish first (and correctly). Students must work as a team and have each sentence approved by the teacher before moving to the next section. This activity also asks them to write their own sentences at the end. The first team to finish, or the team with the most correctly complete in a time frame, wins a class reward.
Finally, students create a writing journal entry where they must include at least 2 adverb comma sentences as well as include “show and tell” in their writing. We have already discussed how important it is to show details through speech, thoughts, interactions, actions, and looks instead of always just telling the reader a character trait.
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