Students should use different ways to start sentences. Teaching students to use a variety of sentence structures can greatly improve their writing. Begin by having students write a short passage. This can be on any topic including narratives or nonfiction. Next have students use highlighters to underline the first word in each sentence. Students will be surprised that their sentences often begin with the same words repeated over and over.
Go over some ways to begin sentences other than the typical subject-verb sentence structure. Then have students rewrite their passages making sure that every sentence begins with a different word. Turn the activity into a challenge by seeing how many different sentence beginning methods students can use in their passages.Continue Reading
Have you ever wondered if you should write apart or a part? How about anyone or any one? English contains so many confusing words. Often students wonder if they should use one word or two. These free activities provide practice with six sets of confusing word pairs using Google Apps.
One Word or Two
Apart vs. A Part
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You can improve your students’ writing by teaching the differences between passive and active voice. This post includes an anchor chart going over the differences, a sorting activity, and a writing activity.
This “Text Features” blog post contains several free resources for the classroom. You will find anchor charts for text features and parts of a book. It includes two free resources: a foldable organizer on parts of a book and a student reference guide for text features.
Parts of a Book Anchor Chart
The clipart used to create the anchor is from Educlipsand Krista Wallden. The books are from one of Krista’s free sets. The set is really cute and includes a lot of options. Continue Reading
What is an appositive? An appositive is a word or group of words that explain or define a noun. Appositives follow the nouns they explain.
When to Use Commas
Appositives can be either restrictive or nonrestrictive. I teach students to first locate the appositive by finding the phrase that describes the noun. Next, I ask students to read the sentence skipping the appositive. If the meaning of the sentence is clear without the appositive, then it is nonrestrictive [CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.2.A]. Use commas to separate nonrestrictive elements from the rest of the sentence. Continue Reading