Ever wonder how to incorporate more tactile and kinesthetic learning activities into a secondary ELA Classroom curriculum? The Syntax Shuffle Game encourages hands-on learning of basic grammar/punctuation rules and the diversification of sentence structure in writing.
The Syntax Shuffle activity contains one Power Point that can be used in conjunction with a Promethean Board or Smart Board and a printable game piece worksheet available as a separate download. The object of the activity is to rearrange sentence segments to create a variety of sentences from the same information and to determine how punctuation changes based upon the arrangement of the ideas or sentences’ syntax. The sentence segments include subject, predicate, independent clause, dependent clause, phrase, appositive, and adjectives out of order.
This activity is ideal for small groups and contains 3 rounds that increase in level of difficulty on Bloom’s Taxonomy. Round 1 can be used as a guided practice, round 2 is ideal for independent practice, and round 3 increases the level of difficulty to creating new texts.
The Power Point contains five sections: information, round 1, round 2, round 3, and additional ideas. The 3 Informational slides define different parts of sentences like subjects, predicates, clauses, and phrases and the basic punctuation rules for the different syntax structures used in the game. Rounds 1 and 2 contain 12 slides each with a specific sentence structure learners need to recreate with their game pieces. Each of the 24 slides contains enough room for students to write their solutions on the board using a Promethean Board or Activ Board pen. Round 3 slides contain the step-by-step guidance students will need to create their own game pieces for round 3 and an idea slide on different things teachers can do with student products. Finally, the additional idea section describes 5 different ways the activity can be adapted for different learners and extended for additional practice or remediation. The additional ideas can also be used to create different activities with the Syntax Shuffle Idea.
The Game Piece Printable Worksheet available as a separate download contains the game pieces and teacher answer keys for rounds 1 and 2; the student answer sheets for rounds 1, 2, and 3; and a blank game piece and answer sheet that can be easily adapted and used with other games teachers may wish to create. In addition, the answer sheets for rounds 1-3 can be used in additional versions of the game for teachers who would like to use the activity with other types of sentence segments like writing brushstrokes (participles, absolutes, appositives, adjectives out of order) or multiple clauses and phrases.
Syntax Shuffle Game
by Reynolds Davidson
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