Many writing programs start at the discourse (or text type) level, with tasks like recounts, procedures, and stories. For many students, however, this is too advanced and sets them up for failure. Texts are made up of paragraphs, and paragraphs are made up of sentences. Let’s start with sentences and work our way up!
Many students, including students with language and other learning disorders, dyslexia, and people who are learning English as a second language, have difficulties writing simple sentences. In this series, we provide simple scaffolds to help people to understand, speak, and write in grammatically correct sentences.
This is the third in our series of simple sentence writers, focusing on Subject-Verb-Adverb (SVA) and Subject-Verb-Object-Adverb (SVOA) constructions, e.g. “The boy is running quickly.” and ”The girl is making a cake in the kitchen.” (45 pages).
Typically developing children usually acquire this sentence structure orally at around 2-2.5 years of age (SVA) and 2.5-3 years of age (SVOA), although people who are learning English as a second language and/or have a communication disorder may struggle to grasp the pattern. This no-preparation pack is designed to help support people who need help to say and/or write these sentences, and features high frequency, present tense verbs to help stimulate oral language development while also supporting early writing skills.
For further support with SVA and SVOA structures, check out our:
Also available are our other Think Then Write Foundation resources: