Teaching students how to write complete sentences is such an important skill, but it can also be extremely difficult and frustrating! When students learn how to write complete sentences filled with descriptive details, their writing improves immensely.
How do I teach students what makes a complete sentence?
There are a few different vocabulary words to use when teaching students what makes a complete sentence. They are:
- Naming Part (also known as the SUBJECT): This tells who or what the sentence is about.
- Telling Part (also known as the PREDICATE): This tells what the subject is or does.
Students must remember that every sentence they write needs a naming part and a telling part!
How can I help my students write detailed, complete sentences?
To begin, help students build simple sentences with creative subjects and predicates. Use a thematic activity like the one below where there are various naming parts (subjects) and telling parts (predicates). Students love to mix them up and build a variety of silly sentences!
Once students have a strong understanding of what makes a complete sentence, it’s time to work on adding descriptive details. There are a few different ways to help students add more details to their sentences. Think about this boring, short sentence: The ghost hid.
Teach your students how to improve it by adding a few details:
- Add adjectives – The friendly ghost hid.
- Tell where – The friendly ghost hid under my bed.
- Tell when – Last night, the friendly ghost hid under my bed.
- Explain why – Last night, the friendly ghost hid under my bed so he could play with my toys.
Just look at how that sentence transformed!
You can teach your students to write complete sentences and make them descriptive with these engaging Halloween sentence writing activities! I’ve created thematic printables and hands-on sentence-building activities that will take your students’ writing to the next level!
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