Teach students to become fluent with handwriting, spelling, sentence construction, typing, and word processing.

Before students can focus attention on developing and communicating ideas in writing, they’ll need to master practical skills such as handwriting, spelling, sentence construction, typing, and word processing. Students are more likely to use words they are comfortable spelling. Therefore, building strong spelling skills will give students a greater flexibility with word choice, improving their ability to express their ideas. Students who understand sentence construction can create strong, interesting, and varied-length phrasing that conveys their intended meaning. When they have skills in handwriting, typing, and using word processor software, students can create strong content. Acquiring and strengthening these skills in early grades helps students avoid obstacles later.

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Appositive Worksheet: How Do Experts Do It?

This sample material offers an example of different nonfiction sentences in a mentor text to show students how authors use appositives to craft sentences. Listen to the audio interview, Learning to...

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02/26/2014
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Keep It Simple

Teachers can use this template to teach sentence construction in different subject areas to show sentence patterns and to help students construct simple and complex sentences. Listen to the audio...

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02/26/2014
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Check This Out

Use the example questions from this sample material to help students understand sentence construction and different techniques that authors use to craft effective sentences. To learn how one...

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02/26/2014
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Learning to Construct Effective Sentences

Learning to Construct Effective Sentences

A teacher talks about using mentor texts to help students learn how to construct effective sentences. She asks the students what they notice in the sentence. Students discuss the features of the...

School Example
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01/30/2014
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Building a Solid Foundation for Writing

Building a Solid Foundation for Writing

Teachers describe how they teach handwriting, spelling, and sentence construction skills. The teachers also use technology in their classroom to explore texts with their students and to teach...

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01/30/2014
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Not Grammar for Grammar’s Sake

Not Grammar for Grammar’s Sake

Listen to a member of the IES Panel discuss the importance of teaching spelling and of supporting students in learning to construct sentences that convey their intended meaning. Teaching these...

Expert Interview
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01/30/2014
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Planning to Teach Sentence Construction

Use this tool to plan lessons using mentor texts to teach sentence construction. View the related sample materials and listen to the audio interview to learn more about using mentor text to teach...

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01/30/2014
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Using Mentor Texts to Teach Foundational Skills: A Planner

Elementary school teachers can use this tool for organizing ideas and identifying mentor texts that can be integrated into lesson plans on grammar and sentence mechanics. Using this tool, teachers...

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01/30/2014
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Self-Reflection Tool: Activities for Sentence Structure Development

This tool can be used to identify ideas for focused instruction within three research-based instructional activities for sentence development: sentence framing, sentence expanding, and sentence...

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01/30/2014
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Teaching Foundational Skills to Help Students Become Effective Writers

Teaching Foundational Skills to Help Students Become Effective Writers

This recommended practice focuses on providing instruction on foundational writing skills, such as handwriting, spelling, sentence construction, typing, and word processing. This presentation...

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01/30/2014
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