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Mastering Sentences

Sentences — the flour and yeast to a good piece of writing. How can we encourage our students to work with these ingredients with knowledge and skill? Here are some ideas:

  • Avoiding Sentence Fragments
    A carefully chosen fragment can be effective, but until students reach a level of mastery, we need to help them avoid fragments.
  • Parts of Speech
    Identifying parts of speech doesn't guarantee good writing, but having a common vocabulary is essential to discussion of sentence structure.
  • Sentence Structure
    Noting sentence variety, watching for dangling modifiers, more.

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