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6 Best Writing Lessons Ever

A Sentence A Day

Kylene Reed
October 1, 2021

Primary grade students are expected to begin to craft simple stories. But for many, writing even a single complete sentence is challenging. What is a sentence? How are sentences constructed?

Our first and second-grade teachers at Oak Dale Elementary started using the Sentence A Day resource this year. After only two weeks, my first-grade teacher came to me, amazed that her firsties could already find the subject and predicate in a sentence... AFTER ONLY TWO WEEKS!!!  I have seen evidence of how well this resource works over the last few years. Second graders at Bushland Elementary were writing in complete sentences with correct sentence structure, grammar, and elaboration. Even my fourth-grade students struggled to do that prior to EW.

Here is an example from Mrs. Novak's second-grade class. The resource is so easy to use and in only 10 minutes each day. 




Let's talk D-A-T-A... What data are you tracking in your k-2 classrooms? How are you following your students and monitoring their progress? When looking at literacy proficiency, we want to be building oral language and pre-reading skills. Through EW's A Sentence A Day, you can begin tracking handwriting skills, print awareness, alphabetic knowledge, and phonological awareness. Your students will also be working on vocabulary, fluency, reading comprehension, and written composition. ALL in ONE resource.  My first and second-grade teachers are collecting the Friday samples, which is the independent work done by the student at the end of the week. Some are scanning in the pages and keeping them in a digital portfolio while others are simply keeping the samples in a writing folder. 

In an engaging, fast-paced ten minutes a day, students learn how sentences are constructed, recognize the parts of simple sentences, while reinforcing the basic characteristics of story. Included in this resource: a week-at-a-glance, day-by-day teacher guide, sentence-building word cards for each week, and related coloring pages to inspire thematic thinking. There are enough weekly themes for 38 weeks of school. In just ten minutes a day students not only learn how to write many types of sentences, but build powerful vocabulary, and become familiar with the conventions of story.

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