Lesson Plan

Add Rhythm to Your Writing with Sentence Pattern Variation

Some say that variety is the spice of life. In writing this is true as well. Students will learn to vary sentence patterns in their writing to give their pieces cadence and rhythm.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and create simple, compound, and complex sentences.


(15 minutes)
  • Project the top half of Three Sentence Structures and briefly go over the three kinds of sentences. This should be review.
  • Hand out a photocopied page from a favorite class novel or maybe your current read-aloud. Divide the class into three groups: A, B, and C.
  • Ask group A to underline and count the number of simple sentences on the page.
  • Ask group B to underline and count the number of compound sentences on the page.
  • Ask group C to underline and count the number of complex sentences on the page.
  • When groups are done, select one person from each group, one by one, to come to a projector and highlight their group's sentences in a certain color.
  • Have the other two groups do the same with different colors, so that the short, medium, and long sentences are highlighted with different colors.
  • Ask students to make observations about the colored page. What do they notice?