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.
SHORT STORY ACTIVITY
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.
REWRITE WITH PROMPTS PRACTICE WORKSHEET
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.
SENTENCE VARIETY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT
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.