Sentence Variety


Sentence Variety introduces students to the concept of varying sentence patterns to create a more interesting writing style. Students will discover how helpful this tactic can be to engage readers.

The “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure provides a few suggestions that you may want to use in your class, either as additional activities or alternatives. One option is to make extra copies of the activity page to give students as additional practice at home. You could also use other popular stories for additional homework. Another option is to have students compare nonfiction and fiction writing to see if there are any differences in sentence variety. This could also be a good time to review simple, compound, and complex sentences with your class.

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What our Sentence Variety lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Sentence Variety teaches students how to vary their sentence structures in writing to create more interest in readers. Students will learn how to use different sentence patterns to create meaning and style. By the end of the lesson, students will understand how applying this concept will help them engage readers.

There are two pages of content in this lesson plan. Students will first learn what sentence variety means. They will discover that they can vary sentence lengths, patterns, and rhythms to create more interesting text. The flow of their writing will improve, and the story will sound better to the reader.

Students will learn that varying their sentences enhances their ideas and thoughts, and it keeps readers interested. The lesson provides seven strategies or tips to help students as they practice varying sentences.


Students can work by themselves for the activity. However, you may have them work in pairs or in groups if you prefer. The activity worksheet has two boxes. Students will write a story using simple sentences in the first box. Then they will rewrite the story using a variety of sentence patterns.


For the practice worksheet, students will have to rewrite six sentences. Each one requires a different instruction. For instance, they will have to rewrite one sentence by combining simple sentences. For another, they will have to use adverbs, adjectives, and prepositional phrases. Another sentence requires they use -ing and -ed verb forms. This worksheet will really help students understand the idea of how to write sentences in many different ways.


The homework assignment requires students to rewrite two short stories. However, instead of varying the sentences, students must simplify the stories using mostly simple sentences. They will undo the variety of sentences in the story to better understand great writing. They can change some of the words if they need to.

Additional information


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.L.4.3.A, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.5.3.A, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.6.3.A

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.