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  • Sentence Fluency
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Verbals
Gerund = action + ing (YG: p. 100)
Sitting at her desk, Sally listened to the lesson.
Sitting on the bench, I watched kids play on the jungle gym.
Dancing in the street, we fell in love.

Infinitive (YG: p. 102)
To + verb
To share, you have to be nice.
To ride bikes, you must have a helmet and have balance.
To dance in the street, we left the restaurant.


Prepositions
YG: P. 55 (above, for, with, etc.)
Above the desk floated the paper airplane.
On the playground we played touch football.
In the light of the moon we danced in the street.


Clauses
Clauses: WS2: p. 456 (although, when, if, etc.); Subordinating Conjunctions: BWS: p. 429
If all the students threw gum in the trash,
we could chew gum at school.
After the rain storm flooded the streets,
we splashed through the puddles.
When them moon is full,
we dance in the street and watch our shadows play.

Transitions (WS2 106)
Therefore, if all the students threw gum in the trash, we could chew gum at school.
For example, after the rain we splashed through the puddles.
Finally, when them moon is full, we dance in the street and watch our shadows play.


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Sentence Fluency Checklist:
Rank each skill from 1 (low) to 5 (high) in the following:

  • My sentences mostly begin with different words.
  • I use a mixture of simple and complex sentences.
  • I use a variety of transitional words when I write.
  • If read aloud, you can hear a rhythm behind my sentences.
  • If I repeated anything, I did it for effect.
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