The Writing Traits: Sentence Fluency helping your students "go deep" with sentence variety during classroom writing instruction
WritingFix offers a free template of Sentence Fluency Post-It sized notes. These can either be printed on orange colored paper and cut out and stapled to students' drafts, or you can--if you dare--attempt to print them on real 3 x 3 Post-It Notes.
The two most common English words that start our sentences? I and The. If you currently have a classroom of students, you know this to be true.
It's such a simple lesson to ask students to revisit their drafts by circling the first words of their sentences, then asking, "Did you think about starting with a variety of words?" Most of them haven't thought about this, and the question becomes the catalyst for a new way to think about revising writing.
Here is our current collection of prompts and lessons to challenge students to begin their sentences differently.