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Using the four-square writing templates are a great place to start teaching about sentence formation. Students are given a topic and then they continue to brainstorm what that topic is, has, can, and makes them feel like.
I use the templates with my students to brainstorm ideas together and then model how to write a sentence on the board. After modeling I give my students time to come up with their own ideas and sentences. I only ask my students to write one sentence, but they love writing so much that they often challenge themselves to write more than one.
Towards the end of the school year my students are even able to write short books with their sentences.
I hope your students enjoy these October writing templates!