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The Who/What Chart The Sentence Builder Sentence Pattern Blueprints

Writing Sentences Videos

Sentences are the foundation to successful writing. Below you will find three different sections of free videos and worksheets packed with interactive, kid-friendly strategies and tools that systematically teach students to develop complete and sophisticated sentences.

 

The Who/What Chart

The Who/What Chart (22" X 17") is a color-coded visual tool that explicitly guides students to master the metacognitive questioning necessary to form powerful sentences. To begin, children ask the subject and predicate questions (red section on chart) to capture their ideas while simultaneously forming complete and coherent sentences. After that, they develop the questioning techniques to add adjectives (yellow section) and modifiers (green section) to elaborate and expand their ideas to form more complex sentences. Click here for printed information about the Who/What Chart!

 

Videos and Worksheets

The Who/What Chart Overview Video
Learn how the Who/What Chart explicitly walks students through the metacognitive steps to construct sophisticated sentences with vibrant adjectives and powerful verbs. Advance through the Who/What Chart process to include techniques to elaborate ideas that develop more complex sentences.

Sentences with the Who/What Chart Video Part 1
Sentences with the Who/What Chart Video Part 2
In these two videos, Nancy Fetzer provides indepth and detailed directions to utilize The Who/What
Chart as a metacognitive tool to explicitly model the construction of powerful sentences.

Story Opening Worksheet Video
Learn to utilize the Story Opening Worksheet for students to plan and write amazing sentences to begin their narratives. Language development, grammar and punctuation, as well as vocabulary are embedded in this lesson that incorporates a "secret formula" as the organizational structure to include all the arts of a story opening.
Click here for the free worksheet to use with this lesson.

Topic Sentence Worksheet Video
Utilize the Topic Sentence Worksheet for students to plan and write main idea sentences. Language development, grammar and punctuation, as well as academic vocabulary are embedded in this lesson that incorporates a "secret formula" as the organizational structure to include all the parts of a topic entence.
Click here for the free worksheet to use with this lesson.

 

The Sentence Builder

The Sentence Builder is a laminated, interactive chart (33" X 22") with color-coded manipulative "Parts of Speech" and "Secret Formula" cards to demonstrate many strategies and skills for sophisticated sentence writing. The Sentence Builder Cards include the parts of speech (adjectives, nouns and verbs), modifiers (how, why, where, and when), Terrific Transitions (transition words to connect sentences or signal words to cue the reader that a new sentence or paragraph is beginning), and Secret Formula Cards as an organizational structure to construct sentences for informational and narrative writing. This tool may be used to build elaborate, well-developed topic sentences/thesis statements or story openings. Also, the Sentence Builder is a supportive visual for the complex task of sentence revising, which includes adding phrases/text, deleting phrases/text, moving phrases/text, and replacing simple words with higher-level, precise vocabulary. Another use for this tool is to identify and move the modifiers (green cards: why, how, when, and where) in a sentence. Click here for printed information!

 

Videos and Worksheets

Sentence Writing Overview Video
In this overview video, Nancy explains the purpose of the Sentence Builder Chart and worksheets.

The Sentence Builder Overview Video
Use this video for step-by-step directions to prepare your Sentence Builder Chart after receiving it in the mail. Most importantly, learn about all the different manipulative cards that are included in the kit.

The Sentence Builder: Topic Sentences Video
In this video, Nancy shows how to use the Sentence Builder for students to plan and write topic sentences using the secret formula and parts of speech cards.

Topic Sentence Worksheet Video
Utilize the Topic Sentence Worksheet for students to plan and write main idea sentences. Language development, grammar and punctuation, as well as vocabulary are embedded in this lesson that incorporates a "secret formula" as the organizational structure to include all the parts of a topic sentence.
Click here for free student worksheet to use with this lesson.

Thesis Statement Worksheet Video
Watch this video for explicit steps to teach students how to plan and write Thesis Statements using a unique worksheet.
Click here for free student worksheet to use with this lesson.

The Sentence Builder: Narrative Story Openings Video
Use the Sentence Builder to learn the five-steps to write opening sentences for narrative writing.

Story Opening and Transition Worksheet Video
Watch this video for explicit steps to teach students how to plan and write Story Openings and sentences that smoothly transition from one action to the next action.
Click here for free student worksheet to use with this lesson.

Sentence Pattern Blueprint Cards and Recipes

The Sentence Pattern Blueprint Cards and Recipes is a toolkit that includes a full-colored chart (22" X 17") and ten color-coded, laminated "Parts of Speech" cards. The chart displays three different "blueprints" for students to formulate and manipulate powerful sentences utilizing the "Parts of Speech" cards.

These laminated full-color cards include adjectives, nouns, and verbs for the parts of speech, and why, how, where, and when questions to add modifiers to sentences. When students finish generating a sentence using these cards, they then go back to the color-coding to check for many things. The red (nouns and verb) means: Red light, stop! Do the red words make sense? The red cards help students identify the simple subject and predicate to check for a complete sentence. The yellow (adjectives) means: Caution, caution, slow down! Do you have describing words in your sentence? The yellow card reminds students to use descriptive language in their sentence. The green (modifiers) means: Green light, go! These cards can move around or "travel" in the sentence to form varied sentence structures. Click here for printed information!

Videos and Worksheets

Sentence Pattern Blueprint Overview Video
In this video, learn about the Sentence Pattern Blueprint poster that displays three complex sentence patterns: Travelers, Double the Who, and Triple-Decker Power. Connect the patterns to the parts of speech cards to build these different types of sentences.

Sentence Pattern Blueprint: Travelers
Nancy models a "Traveler" sentence using the blueprint and parts of speech cards. Traveler sentences include elaboration words and phrases that can move around (travel) in sentences.

Sentence Pattern Blueprint: Double the Who
Nancy models a "Double the Who" sentence using the blueprint and parts of speech cards. These type of sentences include appositives and elaboration words or phrases.

Sentence Pattern Blueprint: Triple-Decker Power
In this video, Nancy models a "Triple-Decker Power" sentence using the blueprint and parts of speech cards. These type of sentences include three verbs or verb phrases, as well as elaboration techniques.

Sentence Pattern Blueprint: Grammar & Mechanics
Learn how to connect grammar and mechanics using the Sentence Pattern Blueprint Cards.
Click here for free parts of speech grammar charts.

Combining Sentences
Use Nancy’s metacognitive steps to explicitly teach students to combine choppy sentences. Once students master this technique, they then find choppy sentences from their own paragraphs or compositions and combine them using this revision skill.

Author-My Try Sentences
Teach students how to write varied sentences using their favorite author’s style. Learn how to break an author’s sentence into meaningful parts (using grammar) that provide students with a blueprint to construct their own sentences.
Click here for free student worksheet to use with this lesson.