Monday, March 22, 2010

Sentence Fluency Coming Up at Jay Middle School!

We will be meeting on April 6 at Jay Middle School to explore sentence fluency.  It will be an exciting day as always.  Here are some of the areas we will be exploring.

" The term “sentence fluency” refers to the way individual words and phrases sound together within a sentence, and how groups of sentences sound when read one after the other..." taken from  Teaching that Makes Sense


How to identify sentence fluency instruction in your classroom activities...
 
Does this activity encourage …
• Thinking about what a sentence is?
• Listening to literature that has rhythm?
• Reading Aloud? Choral reading?
• Comparing two kinds of sentences? Choppy vs Fluent?
• Comparing sentences to fragments?
• Combining sentences?

What you’re going for:
• A ear for language
           
• A love of rhythm                                        
• Sentence sense


Activities that work:
• Share rhythmic language – poetry is a good choice
• Share two versions – edit together

• Play the sentence building game: select a topic and come up with a beginning – students
finish the sentence

• Sentence fragment game – similar to a spelling bee, but students must answer fragment or
sentence


Tips for writers:
• Listen for rhythm in sentences.• Share rhythmic language – poetry is a good choice
• Share two versions – edit together

• Play the sentence building game: select a topic and come up with a beginning – students

• Look for different size and structure of sentence.
• Find sentences that build on each other and make reading them aloud fun.
• Notice how the sentences add to the overall enjoyment of the text.

Level 5- Sentence Fluency
• Sentences flow with a beat – they have rhythm and grace.

• Lots of variety in sentences from beginning to end.
• Each sentence builds on the next.
• Smooth as a ski run in December.                                              
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