This 14 page collection of FIVE worksheet exercises teaches students reliable techniques to adopt as writing habits for sentence excellence! Just as a “chain is no stronger than its weakest link,” student essays are no stronger than their sentence structure skills.
Exercise 1 leads students in step-by-step construction of 7 sentence patterns. Use this worksheet template repeatedly, both as an exercise to reinforce sentence quality and variety, as well as a reference guide during essay writing and revision.
Exercise 2 teaches word-condensing and sentence-combining for effective word and syntax choices. Students identify the flow of thought, eliminate unnecessary and ineffective wording, and utilize phrases to craft high-interest structure. A thorough paragraph is generated in this process.
Exercise 3 is a technique explanation that provides the springboard for student revision of an existing rough draft (paragraph or essay). This technique focuses specifically on creating varied and interesting sentence “starters.” (Use repeatedly as a revision tool.)
Students learn quality sentence structure by the “imitation method” in Exercise 4 which consists of model sentences for style-writing practice. Used over a period of days as a teacher-directed class exercise or assign as independent student work, these sentences bring great sentence-writing within students’ grasps, exposing them to creative possibilities.
Exercise 5 supplies a paragraph model for students to customize and personalize through the sentence-by-sentence imitation they practiced in Exercise 4.
Table of Contents:
Sentence Patterns, 3 pgs.
Sentence combining, 5 pgs.
Phrase Transplanting, 1 pg.
Stylewriting Sentences, 2 pgs.
Stylewriting Paragraph, 1 pg.
*Function well as "sub" lesson plans*