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Monday, December 13, 2010

Building Sentences

I am more mathematical minded than language. Language sometimes frustrates me- it is my weaker area. Teaching kids how to write can be a great challenge. You can model good sentences, you can try to explain how to write good sentences, but what do you do if that doesn't seem to be helping? I was racking my brain for new ideas until a friend shared this sentence-building exercise with me. It makes developing a good sentence so easy for beginning writers.

First, the child writes a simple sentence which includes a noun and a verb and then progressively adds more words to the sentence according to the following structure:

  • sentence:                The girl cried.
  • which:                       The young girl.
  • how:                         The young girl cried silently.
  • where:                      The young girl cried silently in her room.
  • when:                       The young girl cried silently in her room last night.

 I created a sentence-building page to make it easier to remember the "which, how, where, etc."
I have it posted in the free download section of my site Montessori For Learning.

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  1. This is awesome!
    It is exactly what my daughter needs right now!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Just saying I love your stuff! You are so talented. Thanks! :)