Complex Sentence Writing Ambitious Vocabulary

SPaG game / activity cards for KS3 English (Year 7, 8 and 9) but they will also suit some KS4 students. Sensational Sentences is a writing / grammar resource with 40 printable sentence-formation cards (colour and B+W). Promoting ambitious vocabulary and variety in sentence structures in creative writing, it works well as a regular morning starter, early finisher task or warm-up for writing. An introductory card models ways to add interest and variety to sentences. This activity encourages building complex and compound sentences, using subordinate clauses etc. Perhaps let students write as silly a sentence as they want and relish playing with words to banish boring sentences.

Also available is Super Sentences, featuring less challenging vocabulary, originally designed for Year 5, 6 and 7. With the same layout across the two, a mixture can be used in the same class for differentiation.

**SAVE with these BUNDLES:

Designed as a dice game, it can be used in other ways. As individuals, in pairs or in groups, students roll to find out which 3 words they must incorporate into a sentence (Instructions are on the cards). There are 6 groups of words on each card – openers/connectives, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and 2 groups of nouns. Students place the selected words anywhere in their sentence, as long as it makes sense, recording the sentence on paper or a mini whiteboard. You may wish to allow flexibility (changing verb tense, using the verb as an adjective etc.)

To cater for different situations and abilities, change the number of words they roll for, have students team up with a partner or select any words they want from the card. I encourage dictionary use for unfamiliar words and urge students to keep sentences they are especially proud of for use in longer pieces of writing. The activity might spark a whole story!

Print on card or paper and laminate for repeated use. With a smaller group, choose the ones you print and/or laminate cards back to back. Alternatively, display cards on the screen for whole class use.

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