Reducing Sentences PowerPoint and Printables

Deb Hanson
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5th - 7th, Homeschool
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Are you looking for a writing lesson you can use to teach your students how to reduce wordy sentences? This PowerPoint lesson focuses on the importance of reducing sentences to make them more focused and easier for the reader to follow. This resource contains a 47-slide PowerPoint, a matching companion handout, two reference charts, and two worksheets that can be used to provide a follow-up practice opportunity.

The PowerPoint contains the following format:

Slides 1-7: Introduction

Slides 8-11: Reducing Sentences that are Longer than Necessary

Slides 12-17: Avoid Wordy Phrases

Slides 18-26: Avoid Expletive Constructions

Slides 27-31: Use a Short Sentence for Effect

Slides 32-39: Practice Slides

Slides 40-47: Reducing Sentences in the Context of a Story

The worksheets contain 4 shorter paragraphs and one longer narrative passage that have sentences that can be reduced using the four techniques highlighted throughout the PowerPoint.

The reference charts are personal anchor charts that can be glued into an interactive notebook or tucked into a writing folder. One chart lists wordy phrases and their alternatives. The other chart lists examples of sentences with expletive constructions.


Feel free to take a peek at some of my related resources! Just click on the links below!

Expanding Sentences PowerPoint and Printables

Combining Sentences PowerPoint and Printables

Copyright by Deb Hanson

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53 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


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