This worksheet teaches students what is basic middle school level writing. Students often begin my class writing simple sentences even though I know they can do better. I have used this with my 7th and 8th graders for 5 years. I us this worksheet as a springboard for writing during the 1st or 2nd week of school.
This worksheet shows them what is an appropriate sentences for middle school. Then students work evaluate and write middle school level sentences. The worksheet breaks down into for sections with built in opportunities for students to discuss and share out. This worksheet takes about 20 minutes to complete, 30 if you have students do a lot of sharing out.
I use this worksheet before we review paragraph writing and find that students write more detailed sentences because of this worksheet.
Note: this worksheet has a character named Gnuflemonster (pronounced new-full-monster) which students find just weird enough to pay more attention.