At this point in the Syntax For Sailors Navigating the English Channel curriculum, students have studied the basic parts of speech and their syntactic functions, have used the Clause Cruncher to analyze sentences, and have had some detailed diagramming experience.
In other words, they have studied the component elements of each sentence pattern, so there’s really nothing new in this lesson. The Sentence Patterns unit presents an unbeatable opportunity to review and maintain skills that have been presented thus far. Sentence Patterns represent the must-know “cake” of the SFS curriculum.
In future lessons, students will learn ways to put syntactic “frosting” on basic sentence patterns, learn how a large variety of phrase and clause structures can support and replace sentence pattern elements, and learn how sentence patterns can be combined to form compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences.
This portfolio contains three pages of Background Information; one page of Options for Options; six pages of illustrated Notebook templates; one large Practice Worksheet; one large Practice Worksheet key, and one smaller Practice Worksheet key that supports the exercise.
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Syntax for Sailors features logical and sequential lesson presentation; abundant skill building and practice opportunities; and generous review and skill maintenance options.
Many of today's language arts textbook publishers encourage splashing, not swimming. They are far too stingy with the crucial resources required to introduce, reinforce, and maintain a viable language arts curriculum. In many teaching situations, teachers simply do not have enough resources to get the job done right!