Tools Students Need to be Skillful Writers: Building Better Sentences

Tools Students Need to be Skillful Writers: Building Better Sentences

By: Phyllis Hostmeyer (author)Paperback

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Develop fluent writers without the drudgery of diagramming sentences! Here you'll find a variety of sentence patterns, plus activities and sample sentences to build student mastery. Imagine leaving behind the drudgery of diagramming sentences. Imagine, instead, joyful writers who are capable of revising their work and writing effectively. By taking writing down to its basic building block - a solid sentence - and advancing from there, students will develop confidence, enjoy creating sentences, and ultimately empower each other as writers. Lessons for Grades 3-12 include: a variety of sentence patterns presented in a logical sequence; an explanation of each pattern's structure and conventions; reinforcement activities and sample sentences for each pattern; and activities to develop the necessary instructional vocabulary. As students become engaged in the process, they will work toward: meeting the Common Core State; standards for Language Arts; understanding and using basic sentence structures; recognizing what makes a sentence effective; and learning to put sentences together to write effective paragraphs. This indispensable handbook serves as a blueprint for instruction and unit development by emphasizing the end goal: preparing students to be effective writers. Along the way, all students, including English language learners, will gain the fluency and automaticity needed for effective daily writing and for success on high-stakes tests.

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About Author

Phyllis Hostmeyer lives in Southern Illinois, but is a Language Arts consultant for Educational Resources Group, Inc. of Charleston, South Carolina. ( A frequent speaker and presenter throughout Illinois, Phyllis has also worked as a language arts consultant throughout the country and abroad. She conducts a range of workshops on reading, writing, assessment, poetry, and other topics. But her favorite presentations revolve around the sentence patterns. In addition, Phyllis is a professional storyteller who turns fables and fairy tales into rap, jazz, and ballads. She also does Bible tellings and has traveled to Israel as part of an American Bible telling team. She uses her storytelling skills to bring life and learning to her educational workshops.


Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Introduction: Why Teach Sentence Patterns? 2. Teaching Parts of Speech 3. Sentence Patterns by Grade Level 4. Sentence Combining to Reinforce Skills 5. Activities for Students Needing Extra Practice 6. Extra Practice With Patterns 7. Short Writing Assignments 8. From Patterns to Essays References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/12/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781412989046
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781412989046
  • weight: 658
  • ISBN10: 1412989043

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