Why is it important that you include a variety of sentence types in your writing?



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  • Mixin’ it up!

Warm up

Learning Objective:

  • Today I will learn a new sentence pattern. I will be able to create my own sentences following this week’s sentence pattern.
  • This will help me make my writing more efficient and interesting. In addition, by incorporating a variety of sentence types in your essays, you will earn a higher score on your CAHSEE essay! Oh yeah!

DID YOU KNOW…

  • On the CAHSEE rubric, they look at sentence fluency and variety for EVERY TYPE OF ESSAY?
  • You CANNOT pass the CAHSEE essay without sentence variety?
  • You CANNOT pass the CAHSEE without passing the essay portion?
  • now you know!

What is going on?

  • In order to help you to be effective communicators through written word, I have planned out
  • Every week you will learn and focus on a new sentence structure. Each week, you will write a journal (tomorrow) incorporating the week’s awesome sentence!
  • The more we go over, the more you will use in your writing.
  • In addition, your science teachers will be using the week’s awesome sentence once a day. Try to see if you can find it! Report your findings back to me by copying those sentences on your journal for extra points on your journal that week!

ONE MORE THING…

  • Over the next eight weeks, I will be using the terms “sentence structure” and “sentence pattern” interchangeably. They mean the same thing, so don’t get confused!

OUR GOAL

  • To mix it up…

The basic sentence…

  • SUBJECT + VERB ( . )
  • [My boss] [warned me about being late].
  • While this is a very basic form of a sentence, it still has a place in your writing; however, you need to make sure you “mix it up” by using other types of sentence patterns as well.
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AWESOME SENTENCE #1

  • SUBJECT + VERB ( ; ) SUBJECT + VERB ( . )
  • My boss warned me about being late; he didn’t fire me.
  • ***Notice, the two sentence can be joined with a semicolon because both are closely related. Also, both are separate sentences from each other. They can stand alone by themselves.
  • ***A semicolon can be used in place of a period.

Let’s practice

  • Create five of your own sentences using this week’s awesome sentence!



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