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Sentence Writing Strategy

This is a powerpoint based on the Kansas strategy for sentence writing

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Sentence Writing Strategy

  1. 1. The Sentence Writing Strategy
  2. 2. Why Learn It? <ul><li>Improve Your Grades </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers think you are trying harder </li></ul><ul><li>Express your true thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Help you get out of special education </li></ul>
  3. 3. Where can you use it? <ul><li>Writing Letters </li></ul><ul><li>Job applications </li></ul><ul><li>Writing a letter to your girlfriend explaining why you were seen with another girl </li></ul>
  4. 4. Examples <ul><li>Book reports </li></ul><ul><li>Essay questions </li></ul><ul><li>Job applications </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you notes </li></ul><ul><li>Writing letters </li></ul>
  5. 5. Results <ul><li>Writing becomes easier </li></ul><ul><li>Your Ideas are easier to understand </li></ul><ul><li>Your writing is interesting to read </li></ul>
  6. 6. Student work Before <ul><li>Why I love Weekends </li></ul><ul><li>I love weekends. so I can get away from school for a will. Mainly so I can do some homework that I did not get dun at school. There are also thens I like besides school helping my dad working the yard or working on the car. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Student work after learning strategy <ul><li>Santiago’s Bravery </li></ul><ul><li>Santiago was very brave when he was fighting off the sharks. When the first shark came at the fish Santiago was ready with the harpoon in his hand. The shark came with his mouth open, and he took 40 lbs of the fish. That is when Santiago jammed the harpoon in the shark’s head and killed it. He had lost his harpoon, and the fish was bleeding. He knew that there would be more sharks coming, so he took his knife and lash it to one of the oars. Another group of sharks came at the fish , and he got each and every one of them. There was really nothing left of the large fish which the sharks had torn apart. Santiago was very brave during his moment of truth. </li></ul>
  8. 8. So lets Get started
  9. 9. Simple Sentence Definition: A simple sentence is a sentence that is made up of one independent clause
  10. 10. Independent Clause <ul><li>Definition: </li></ul><ul><li>A group of words that make a complete statement and can stand alone (by itself) </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Susan Ran </li></ul>Subject Verb
  11. 11. What makes up a simple sentence <ul><li>Start with a capital letter </li></ul><ul><li>End with punctuation (.?!) </li></ul><ul><li>Have a subject </li></ul><ul><li>Have a verb </li></ul><ul><li>It has to make sense </li></ul>
  12. 12. All Simple Sentences Have Two things - Subject - Verb
  13. 13. Subject Person Thing Idea Place Quality Nouns
  14. 14. Verb Shows Action physical Mental
  15. 15. Finding The Subject & Verb <ul><li>Look for the action to find the verb </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Kevin reported the theft. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask yourself “who or what” to find subject </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Paula is an astronaut. </li></ul>Verb Subject
  16. 16. Not so fast
  17. 17. Let’s look at that sentence again! Paula is an astronaut. We said Paula is the subject right? Subject But, there is no action Verb? Butt… There is a linking Verb What’s a linking verb? Linking Verb
  18. 18. Linking Verb <ul><li>A linking verb is a word that shows the subjects state of being </li></ul><ul><li>Words like: </li></ul><ul><li>is are were </li></ul>Glad you asked
  19. 19. Let's find subjects and verbs together
  20. 20. Jane went to the pool What is our action word? Correct.. It is went Verb Place a V over went V Who or What went? Correct … Jane Subject Now place an S Over Jane S Great Job
  21. 21. Try This one On your own
  22. 22. <ul><li>Paul is a very nice guy. </li></ul>Did you get it right V And Paul is the subject S “ Is” is the Verb Great Job Pal You give it a try
  23. 23. Vince Lombardi – Hall of Fame coach Let’s Try Another one Cakes lined the store window. What did you put for The action verb? Lined? Great!! V And Cakes Is the subject S Go Team
  24. 24. One More Time <ul><li>I love chocolate ice cream. </li></ul>So what’d Ya get Here’s what I got V S Awesome
  25. 25. Review 5 requirements of simple sentence <ul><li>Start with a capital letter </li></ul><ul><li>End with punctuation (.?!) </li></ul><ul><li>Have a subject </li></ul><ul><li>Have a verb </li></ul><ul><li>It has to make sense </li></ul>