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Sentence fluency

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Sentence fluency

  1. 1. Sentence Fluency The fifth element of the 6 + 1 Writing Traits
  2. 2. What is sentence fluency? <ul><li>We all know what a sentence is. Right? </li></ul><ul><li>Fluency is when something moves with smoothness and ease. </li></ul><ul><li>Sentence+Fluency= </li></ul><ul><li>Sentences that flow smoothly together. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Variety is good! <ul><li>Variety – different kinds and numbers of things. </li></ul><ul><li>Variety in sentence fluency is a number of different lengths, beginnings, and kinds of sentences. </li></ul>Give an example of something with a lot of variety.
  4. 4. Lengths <ul><li>Use different sentence lengths. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>long and stretchy sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A long time ago, at Christmas time, every year my whole family would go all the way down to Colorado to go to aunt Angie’s house. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>short and snappy sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Every Christmas we had a great time. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Sentence Beginnings <ul><li>Start sentences with a variety of beginnings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I am really happy to be your teacher. I hope we have fun this year. I will teach you many new things. I am happy you are in my class. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How would you change this paragraph? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I am thrilled to be your teacher. This year will be full of fun and learning. It is exciting to have you in my class. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Kinds of Sentences <ul><li>There are different kinds of sentences. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>simple – one independent thought </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A cow eats grass. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>compound – two or more simple sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The cow eats grass and moos at the dog. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>declarative – statement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cows and dogs don’t get along. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interrogatives – question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do cows live in the city? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>exclamatory - exclamation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I am so excited about seeing a cow! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>imperative – command </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t feed the cows in this pasture. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Sentence Fluency <ul><ul><li>Read your writing aloud and listen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to it’s rhythm. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you use a variety of sentence lengths? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you use different sentence beginnings? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are there different kinds of sentences in your writing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As you flow down the river of your writing, is it choppy and rough or does it flow in a natural rhythm? </li></ul></ul>
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