In a previous post I advised that when the children are writing sentences using the words from the Dolch List, that the sentences should
– make sense
– begin with a capital letter and end in a full stop.
– not be as simple as ‘Where am I?’ ‘Here I am’ and ‘I am funny’.
The simplest way to write good quality sentences is to develop the child’s initial attempt at writing a sentence by finding the answers to questions like:
Who are we writing about?
Where are they?
What are they?
Why? or How?
Step 3 And a word to describe how he is creeping.
I spy a cat creeping carefully.
I tell the children in class, that two or more words beginning with the same letter in a sentence sounds good.
Step 4 Can you think of a describing word to describe the cat
I spy a clever cat creeping carefully.
Step 5 Tell me a little more about the cat. Why is he creeping carefully?
I spy a clever cat creeping carefully after a mouse.
Step 6 What can you tell me about the mouse?
I spy a clever cat creeping carefully after a sleepy mouse.
Reading, of course and, being read to will enrich a children language and writing style.
To begin with I use terms like action and describing words but the words ‘verbs’ and ‘adjectives’ may be introduced as the children apppear ready for them.
“Three Rules for Literary Success:
1. Read a lot.
2. Write a lot.
3. Read a lot more, write a lot more.”