I wanted to share today about a twenty-minute lesson I did that was super effective–and reviewed two key writing skills we worked on earlier this year related to combining sentences.
Improving and Combining Sentences to Improve Our Writing
We are starting our social issues book clubs, and each “chunk” of their reading is going to culminate in a writing reflection–and I thought it would be a great time to reinforce some of the writing and convention skills we have worked on all year from capitalization to punctuation to sentence fluency.
Today I pulled out the task cards I used earlier this year and brought out several samples that showcased both of these targets.
Modeling Writing: Gradual Release of Responsibility
After that, we started to tackle those tricky compound and complex sentences. I worked to model different ways to “add on” details to sentences and to combine short sentences to help our writing sound more conversational. Again, we used highlighters to find sentences and clauses to help us decide if we needed commas for compound sentences or if we had a clause before our main sentence needed a comma to set it apart. Students quickly began to see different ways that combining sentences made their writing flow!
Task Card Update!
Due to popular demand, I have added a digital component to this resource. You can use the print cards OR send the task cards digitally! This is a great way to help with the gradual release in that you can model and practice WITH students, and then the independent work can be sent virtually. A win!