Tools Students Need to Be Skillful Writers
Building Better Sentences
- Phyllis Hostmeyer - Consultant
Literacy, K-12 | Teaching Methods & Learning Styles
Lessons for Grades 3-12 include:
A variety of sentence patterns presented in a logical sequence
An explanation of each pattern's structure and conventions
Reinforcement activities and sample sentences for each pattern
Activities to develop the necessary instructional vocabulary
As students become engaged in the process, they will work toward:
Meeting the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts
Understanding and using basic sentence structures
Recognizing what makes a sentence effective
Learning to put sentences together to write effective paragraphs
This indispensable handbook serves as a blueprint for instruction and unit development by emphasizing the end goal: preparing students to be effective writers. Along the way, all students, including English language learners, will gain the fluency and automaticity needed for effective daily writing and for success on high-stakes tests.
"This author provides the tools teachers need to make grammar instruction meaningful and engaging so students build the knowledge they need to craft not only sentences, but strong pieces of writing that meet the demands of the Common Core."
"This book is a great resource for teachers looking for ideas to improve their skills in teaching writing to students. I wish it had been around when I was working on my professional development and working towards my National Board Certification."
"Students will enjoy the active and collaborative lessons that will allow them to gain skill in writing grammatically correct descriptive sentences with the sophistication of variety in structure."
"The writer’s knowledge of how students learn, passion for finding ways to teach sentence patterns, and willingness to share those strategies with the world all combine to make Tools Students Need to Be Skillful Writers: Building Better Sentences a book that every writing teacher can use."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1. Introduction: Why Teach Sentence Patterns?