Sentence Combining

Middle grade teachers can help their students become better writers by systematically teaching them a variety of sentence construction skills. Sentence combining—an alternative to traditional grammar instruction that involves combining, deconstructing, and expanding sentences—is one instructional practice that empirical research has shown to be effective. Modeling, guided practice, and authentic application are three essential elements of effective sentence combining instruction.  

Field Guide Alignment: Writing, Principle 2, Practice 1

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How to create a sentence combining lesson 
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How to optimize sentence combining instruction with technology
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INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

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Seventh-grade lesson
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Seventh-grade lesson
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Sixth-grade lesson
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Seventh-grade lesson
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Sixth-grade lesson
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Seventh-grade lesson
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