Pens Strategy

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Pens Strategy

  1. 1. The Pens Strategy A strategy for writing good sentences
  2. 2. Why should I learn it? <ul><li>Get better grades on assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Get higher scores on my writing probes </li></ul><ul><li>Helps get me out of special ed. </li></ul>
  3. 3. You may want to take notes
  4. 4. Let's Review
  5. 5. Requirements of Simple Sentences <ul><li>Capital Letter at beginning </li></ul><ul><li>Punctuation (.?!) at end </li></ul><ul><li>Contains a subject </li></ul><ul><li>Contains a verb </li></ul><ul><li>Makes sense </li></ul>
  6. 6. The 4 Steps of the PENS Strategy
  7. 7. PENS ick a formula xplore words to fit formula ote the words earch and check
  8. 8. <ul><li>The formula for a simple sentence is: </li></ul>ick a formula P S V Subject Verb Other sentences have other formulas We will learn these later
  9. 9. E xplore words to fit formula What kinds of words can we pick for the subject? - Person, Place, Thing, Ideas What kinds of words can we pick for the verb? - Action words (physical/mental)
  10. 10. Let's pick &quot;Cats&quot; as our subject
  11. 11. Choice for our verb <ul><li>Played </li></ul>
  12. 12. That completes step E <ul><li>Cat </li></ul>Subject Verb Played
  13. 13. <ul><li>Write the words you have chosen </li></ul><ul><li>Remember: </li></ul><ul><li>You need a capital letter at the beginning </li></ul><ul><li>Punctuation at the end </li></ul>N ote the words
  14. 14. We write our words <ul><li>cat played </li></ul>So now write your words the How about the word “the”? What other words should we add to this to make sense?
  15. 15. S earch and check Ask yourself Does my sentence meet the 5 requirements?
  16. 16. cat played Do you remember our sentence? he t Does it start with a capital letter? Let’s Change it!! T Does It have a subject and a verb? Subject Verb Does it have punctuation? Let’s add it . Now let’s do some together
  17. 17. the horse ran fast. Here’s what I got! How’d you do? T S V
  18. 18. Peter swims every day Here’s what I got S V .
  19. 19. My cat ate me. Here’s what I got! S Scratched V
  20. 20. I like pizza Here’s what I got S V .

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