Grammar - sentence construction
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A list of common subordinators to support students' writing.
Sentence construction dice
A versatile, differentiated set of dice templates, encouraging students to use a range of different sentence structures and punctuation.
A series of 'challenges' in which students select verbs and insert them into sentences ensuring that both subject and verb agree.
Which conjunction is it anyway?
A handy worksheet to help students experiment with using a variety of conjunctions in different sentences.
Students or pairs of students look through the sentences and try to find connections between them. They then identify the subject and verb in each sentence before joining them together using either a comma and coordinating conjunction or a semi colon.
Building better sentences
A set of cards designed to develop students' understanding of grammar and sentence structure, by adapting their own sentences.
Connectives writing placemat
This differentiated resource features a connective for every occasion on a placemat! Suitable for all non-fiction writing tasks.
Simple, compound, and complex sentences
A Powerpoint presentation with accompanying activities which explain the differences between simple, compound, and complex sentences.
A game of snap using a collection of different types of connectives. Includes teaching ideas. There are two whizzy versions: Snap and a Magnet Pelmanism game.
Using full sentences
A handy resource for helping lower ability students understand how to write full sentences.
Students categorise connectives into purposes and then practise using connectives to explain cause and effect.
A fun resource in which students race to complete sentences from a set of word tiles.
A fun task which uses students' telephone numbers to encourage them to vary sentence length.
Choptalk - football fever
Experiment with word order and punctuation in this quotation from 'Fever Pitch'. (Answer: I told him I wasn’t interested in football, not even in the Cup Final – true, as far as I was aware, but perversely I watched the whole match on television anyway.)
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Shake up your sentences
Vary the word order of sentences to make them more engaging.
Let it flow, let if flow, let it flow
Why is textual fluency important? Students analyse sentence length, type and structure in a short text and finish off with a fun writing task.
Make me agree!
This is a self explanatory resource designed to teach this verb/subject agreement with explanation, test examples and self assessment.
Varying your sentences
A worksheet that asks students to identify and use a range of different sentence structures. Useful as a homework activity.
Syntex: no smoking notice
Reorder these tiles to create a command in the passive voice. (Answer: In accordance with Warwickshire’s health regulations, it is forbidden to smoke anywhere in this building.)
A Smart Notebook lesson focusing on the use of complex sentences and semi-colons.
Sorting out sentences - Jamie Oliver
Explore sentence rules with this Choptalk activity. Instructions are available in the PDF file.
Verbs, subjects and objects
Quick revision worksheet.
The past tense - differentiated version
Write on the sheet to complete the missing past tense words in these ghost and horror stories. (Extract two contains descriptions of violence that some students might find disturbing.)
A maths starter... in English?
Grammar dice with parts of speech. Pupils play a game with the dice and a guide sheet to construct sentences.
Main and subordinate clauses PowerPoint
User-friendly introductory activities which ask pupils to create sentences using main and subordinate clauses.
Modelling a sentence structure
An interesting exploration of non finite subordinate clauses.
Joining sentences with connectives. An informative handout with a brief underlining exercise.
The past tense
Change the verbs in these ghost and horror stories from present to past tense. Differentiated, write-on-the-sheet version also available.
Tenses, regular and irregular verbs
Provide the correct form of the verbs.
Regular and irregular verbs
More work on the past tense.
Clauses powerpoint presentation
An interesting look at main and subordinate clauses. (PDFs can be used as OHTs)
A comprehensive lesson pack
With a focus on sentence construction and punctuation (Y7 NLS SLW 1, Y8 SLW 1) this scheme covers essential skills such as avoiding 'and' and 'but', alternatives to 'if', relative pronouns and participles.
Create complex sentences using main and subordinate clauses.
Grammar: verbs, subject and object practice
Three exercises to help students identify the subject, object and verb in a sentence.
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