Tip: Sentence Frames
Sentence frames can be posted in strategic places around the room for student reference to use oral language (e.g. “Ms. Smith, may I ______?” by the carpet; “The setting of the story is _____.” in the library.) Sentence strips are a great tool for writing and recording sentence frames. Sentence frames are also useful for helping students complete writing assignments with sentence starters like, “I like learning English because...” or “The three most important things I learned are...” etc. Sentence frames can help students learn dialogue, for example, when meeting someone new: “Hi, my name is _______. What’s your name?” “My name is _____.” “Nice to meet you, _____.”
Variations & Extensions
Whole class, in pairs, or individually, students can work with a set of sentence frames to create a logical sequence of sentences. Students can practice saying the set of sentences that they’ve created or record them in writing, filling in the blanks with appropriate language.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 6
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
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