Sentences: Simple, Compound, and Complex Experienced writers use a variety of sentences to make their writing interesting and lively. Too many simple sentences, for example, will sound choppy and immature while too many long sentences will be difficult to read and hard to understand. This page contains definitions of simple, compound, and complex sentences with many simple examples. A simple sentence, also called an independent clause, contains a subject and a verb, and it expresses a complete thought. The three examples above are all simple sentences. A compound sentence contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinator. The above three sentences are compound sentences. A True Story Some students believe it is possible to identify simple, compound, and complex sentences by looking at the complexity of the ideas in a sentence. Please take the time to identify the subjects and verbs in a sentence. A complex sentence has an independent clause joined by one or more dependent clauses.
Beautiful Word Clouds Quick and Dirty Tips™ One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is whether it’s acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition. I know many of you were taught that you shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition, but it’s a myth. In fact, I consider it one of the top ten grammar myths because many people believe it’s true, but nearly all grammarians disagree, at least in some cases (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). So before I lose you, let's back up. What Is a Preposition? A preposition is a word that creates a relationship between other words. When Can a Sentence End with a Preposition? Here's an example of a sentence that can end with a preposition: What did you step on? I can hear some of you gnashing your teeth right now, while you think, “What about saying, 'On what did you step?'” I've read long arguments about why it's OK to end sentences with prepositions when the preposition isn't extraneous, but the driving point still seems to be “Normal people don't talk that way.” [Where you at?] Cover Letter Grammar
You Are Your Words - AHD How to use a semicolon ToonDoo - World's fastest way to create cartoons! The Literacy Block Saturday, 7 July 2012 at 3:47 pm A literacy block should provide a balanced program of literacy instruction including the following teaching/learning approaches to support reading and writing. Essential Reading Components: Modelled Reading occurs when an expert reader reads a difficult text to less experienced readers, enabling the experienced reader to model how effective readers sound, solve and think about texts when readingThe “think aloud” strategy is used strategically by the expert reader to model thinking and problem solving actions. Reading Aloud occurs when an expert reader reads a difficult text to less experienced readers for the purposes of: building a community of readers,creating shared experiences amongst students,exposing students to new ideas, story lines, characters and contexts,exposing students to new vocabulary, text and language structures,building a love of reading. Shared Reading Guided Reading Guided Reading/Reciprocal Teaching Independent Reading Modelled Writing The Aim
Writing game Writing games provide skills practice with authentic texts … Simple games can provide opportunities for language experience, explicit teaching, coaching and collaboration. Here’s a simple one I was playing recently. You need 45 minutes for crafting, reviewing, revising, sharing and feedback. Start with two sentences: Jack went up the hill. What to do Organise students into pairs or groups of three and explain: Your task is to work with others to enhance the sentences by improving vocabulary, working on the sequence of words or groups of words and providing detail about your ideas which enable readers to imagine what is happening. Your improved sentence should be interesting and grammatically correct. Walk students through the task, one step at a time and allowing time for small group discussion. Instructions Copy the sentences.Cross out the word ‘went’ and substitute another word. Sharing, reflection and feedback Other examples may include: Here’s an innovation from a Year 5 trio below:
A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers 1- ZimmerTwins It is all about creative storytelling. ZimmerTwins is a web2.0 tool that allows students to give vent to their imaginative powers and exercise their storytelling skills from early stages to advances ones. 2- Digital Story Telling in The Classroom This section provides resources and materials for teachers to use with their students in storytelling. It helps students personalize their learning and perform better. 3- Story Bird This is an awesome website that allows students and teachers to create short art inspired stories to read, share or print out. 4- Someries Someries is a fantastic storytelling site . 5- PicLits This is another awesome website where students can choose a picture and start drawing or writing a text on it to create a story. 6- Generator This is a creative studio space where students explore the moving image and create their own digital stories to share with others. 9- Domo Animate This is one of the best tools online for digital story telling.
Literacy » primaryedutech.com Toontastic is a fantastic cartoon creation tool on your iPad. This is a very accessible tool that can be used by children as young as five and be enjoyed just as much by big kids such as myself. Toontastic’s interface is separated into 5 easy steps to create your own cartoon. Step 1: Story Arc In the Story Arc you develop your story structure. Step 2: Setting Once you have chosen a scene to edit from the ‘Story Arc’, it is time to choose a setting for that scene. Step 3: Characters After you have chosen your setting you then need to pick your characters. Step 4: Animation This is the most exciting bit, animating your characters and giving them a voice. Step 5: Music After animating your scene you a brought to the ‘Music’ section. Once you have finished with your cartoon you can sit back and enjoy what you have created. I can see ‘Toontastic’ being used successfully in a classroom to assist students with developing their narrative story telling skills.
2 Apps to Embed Writing into Student’s Life by John Hardison (from gettingsmart.com) I can’t even begin to quantify how many times I have been blessed with the challenge of working with a reluctant writer. During 14 years in the Language Arts classroom, I have heard “I hate writing” a thousand times. Sure, everybody loves those students who scan the writing prompt a couple of times just before their minds and hearts connect with the pens and bleed ink onto the paper in an effortless representation of creativity and mastery of rhetorical strategies. Taking natural writers to the next level is also a daunting task, but I will forever be grateful for those who stare at the paper with confusion and anxiety while hoping words will magically fill up the empty lines. How to Ignite Passion Into Reluctant Writers Some of my attempts to ignite a passion for writing in my students have failed, and no doubt various students have left my class on the last day of school still detesting the writing process. “So, you hate writing, huh?”
Alternatives to Book Reports Being able to consume, critique, and create media is so important for our 21st century students. While I love to write about books in my book reviews, lots of children don't share my enthusiasm. If your kids or students groan at the mere mention of writing a book report, consider some alternative ideas. Instead of a book report, have your kids make a book trailer! If you're not sure where to start, check out this article by Kim Chatel, Making a Digital Story with Kids. You can find many examples of downloadable book trailers suitable for children at Book Trailers - Movies for Literacy. Making a book trailer or any short video with your kids/students is a perfect time to discuss copyright with them. Instead of a book report, have your kids design a poster. Instead of a book report, have your kids design an advertisement for the book. Instead of a book report, have your kids design a cartoon or comic. Instead of a book report, kids can turn their family, pets and friends into stars.
Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students As a teacher, I was obsessed with cultivating a love of reading in my students. I love to read, loved it as a kid too. I'm equally compelled to ensure that my own child loves reading -- and he does. I well aware that I'm on a mission -- but I also know it's a worthy one! Here are ten suggestions for how any teacher, teaching any subject can participate in this mission, and how parents and administrators can help. Read. There's so much more we can all do -- from the superintendent to the classroom teacher, the custodian to the parent's association. Teaches, how do you cultivate a love of reading?