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Title: SENTENCE FLUENCY


1
SENTENCE FLUENCY
  • Ill always take a plain sentence thats clear
    over a pretty one that is unintelligible.
    Patricia OConnor (1999)

2
Read-Arounds
  • Get into groups of 3 or 4
  • Read the passage silently
  • Choose who will read first, second,etc.
  • The first reader begins the passage but can stop
    at any time, and the second reader must
    immediately start, etc.
  • Continue reading the passage at least 2-3 times.
  • Will someone share?

3
What Is Sentence Fluency?
  • Easy rhythm and flow
  • One sentence glides into another
  • Variety in length
  • Variety in structure
  • Delightful to read/hear
  • Easy to read with expression
  • Easy to follow

4
Sentence Fluency in The Writing Process
Prewriting
Drafting
Publishing
Sentence Fluency
Sharing
Editing
Revising
5
Two Faces of Sentence Fluency
  • Creative and
  • Personal
  • Sentences are easy to read
  • Sentence beginnings are varied and purposeful
  • Play style short and long sentences
  • Fragments used for emphais
  • Informational
  • Sentences are clear, direct, concise
  • Direct subject-verb structure dominates
  • Sentences are grammatical and complete
  • More technical the content, the shorter the
    sentences

6
Focused Lessons forSentence Fluency
  • When you teach fluency, youre teaching more
    than grammar. Youre teaching rhythm and grace.
    Its the difference between dancing by placing
    your feet in the appropriate markings on the
    floor and just letting your body move to the
    music. Once theyre moving to the music, theyve
    got it.

7
Focused Lessons forSentence Fluency
  • Teach the concept.
  • Model fluency through poetry or music.
  • Bring on the poetry.
  • Perform it.
  • Dont forget good business writing.

8
Teaching Ideas forSentence Fluency
  • Combining Sentences
  • Compelling Sentences
  • The Shadow Test

9
Teaching Ideas forSentence Fluency
  • Word Tallies
  • Read Arounds
  • Music
  • Beginning Sentences
  • Sample Book Lesson

10
Scoring for the TraitSentence Fluency
  • A Rescue
  • A Sunflower Seed
  • Student Writing

11
Troubleshooting forSentence Fluency
  • Problem 1
  • Short, Choppy Sentences Break the Text up into
    Bite-Sized Pieces
  • Sentence Combining
  • Read good fluency
  • Reading Aloud
  • Drama or Choral Reading

12
Troubleshooting forSentence Fluency
  • Problem 2
  • All sentences Begin the Same WayBoring!
  • Ask students to list their beginnings,
  • Start with one simple sentence, then rework it.
  • Variation

13
Troubleshooting forSentence Fluency
  • Problem 3
  • Endless Connectives Turn the Whole Paper into One
    Monstrous Sentence that Chokes to Death Any
    Sense of Meaning
  • Ask students to write three paragraphs with no
    ands or buts at all.
  • Give students writing with all punctuation and
    capital letters removed.

14
Tips for SuccessFor Sentence Fluency
  • Read Aloud.
  • Combine.
  • Keep It Crisp.
  • Check out those first four words.
  • Dont get breathless.
  • Read other peoples writing aloud.

15
Something to Remember About Teaching Sentence
Fluency
  • So how are children expected to develop a sense
    of rhythm or a wide vocabulary? By being read to,
    alive, a lot!! Mem Fox,1993
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