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The Literacy Dive Podcast

Feb 22, 2021

How many of your students still struggle with writing complete sentences? I know I have experienced this in my classroom year after year. Today, I am sharing the 5 necessary parts to a complete sentence. I will share a breakdown of how I have found success with teaching each part and ways I implement several opportunities for sentence writing practice in the classroom setting.

Episode Highlights:

  • Determine whether sentence writing is a whole group or small group concern
  • Explain that a complete sentence, at minimum, should include a subject, a verb, and an object or thought (when the verb and object/thought are joined together, it becomes the predicate)
  • Explain that a sentence must have a capital letter and an end mark
  • Begin with teaching basic sentence structures; more complex sentences can be explored once your students display they are ready
  • When sharing the 5 parts upfront, it becomes a lot to digest; separating the structure from the grammatical components will help with sentence retention
  • You can embed these moments for sentence practice in/during
    • Morning Meeting
    • Writing Workshop warm-ups
    • Writing Center/Literacy Workstations
    • Exit Tickets
    • Responding to Reading
  • Be intentional and allow for plenty of practice each day
  • Learn easy-to-implement ideas and ways to create opportunities for your students


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