Frustrated with confusing student writing? Want to eliminate run-on sentences without spending class time on unrelated grammar practice? Need a way to connect students' reading comprehension to their writing skills? Do your students to learn to analyze and discuss author's craft in Common Core instruction?
This approach, developed over years teaching middle school reading and writing, addresses these struggles.
The idea is simple. Shift students' attention to one question: What is the author's INTENT? In other words, what are they DOING with each sentence?
Sentence Intent has become a bridge to connect reading comprehension to writing clarity, and serves as a cornerstone of instruction throughout the year as students learn how to recognize and write sentences with INTENT, or purpose.
This 20-Page packet has it all: Handouts, Student Sheets, Activity Directions, and lesson plans that have been used and refined over the past three years.
Activities guide students from a first introduction of sentence intent, through practice, and to mastery. Example sentences and sentence frames provide support for ELL students along the way.
Students will learn to recognize the intent of a sentence based on sentence structure and word choice. They will write their own sentences with intent. Finally, they will learn to use intent to incorporate an author's words into their own sentences smoothly.
Activities are designed to integrate into your curriculum, and *can be used with any reading from any content area. Use them all, or pick one or two that work for you.
*This means that the readings are not included. I've used the activities with science, social studies, and narrative texts-- it works especially well with primary source documents and informational text.
Detailed lesson plans guide you every step of the way, with room for adjustments to tailor instruction to your students. As with most of my products, I leave it in MS Word so it is editable. Feel free to customize it for your classroom.
6 50-minute, step-by-step lessons are included, and activities can be repeated with different readings throughout the year.
I was amazed at how this approach focused my students on analyzing text, and how they grow as both readers and writers with continued practice.
Here are some sentences from my middle school ELL students using sentence intent:
"King explains how people will, 'stand up for freedom together, knowing (they) will be free one day.' "
"Finton points out how doctors and mechanics both, 'step in to tune up and repair' things."
"Winkler and Downey claim that, 'Cortes wanted more than gifts,' from the Aztec."
My students kept pulling out the reference pages from this unit and using them in Social Studies and Science classes, so those teachers have asked me to share. Now you can have them, too!