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Variety in your sentence structure is crucial if you want anyone to read what you write. Without it, people get bored. Try these 10 resources to teach your students the art of syntax.
1. Change of pace
What is it? An engaging PowerPoint lesson on how and when to vary sentences
What users say "Nice. It focused the lesson on sentence variety and could be incorporated into any unit of work on writing."
2. Starter for them
What is it? Six differently coloured bookmarks remind students of the variety of ways in which you can start sentences
What users say "This is a great resource that is simple but very effective."
3. A Lego leg-up
What is it? An activity that uses Lego bricks to represent the different components of sentences and asks students to build new combinations
What users say "Love it!"
4. Starting points
What is it? A guide for talking students through a wide range of opening sentences
What users say "Very helpful. I printed the slides off and used them as 'stations' around the classroom."
5. Connective cogs
What is it? A clear presentation on how connectives and conjunctions can be used to develop sentences
What users say "Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks - you have saved me an hour on my last day of the half-term holidays."
6. Selecting sentences
What is it? A set of reference posters, each featuring a different type of sentence
What users say "Excellent. Just what I needed to inspire my class."
7. Scintillating syntax
What is it? An activity that helps students to make their sentences more exciting
What users say "Highly visual and extremely effective."
8. Visualising variety
What is it? A worksheet that helps students to bring a bit of diversity to their sentences
What users say "A well-structured lesson that gradually builds understanding - both in analysis and use."
9. Structural support
What is it? Activities on simple, complex and compound sentences
What users say "Thank you for sharing! Just what I needed."
10. Picture this
What is it? Form sentences about images
What users say "Fab! Many thanks for sharing this resource. My kids love unusual pictures - these fit the bill. Hoping for some great sentences."