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 correctly.
This is the fifth in our series of sentence writers, focusing on compound sentences using the high frequency conjoining conjunctions “and” and “but” e.g. “The boy had fish and chips.” and “Birds fly but fish swim.” (42 pages).
Typically developing children usually acquire these sentence structures orally when they are around 3-4 years of age, 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, nouns and verbs to help stimulate oral language development while also supporting early writing skills.
Also available are our other Think Then Write Foundation resources:
- Simple Sentence Writer 1: Subject-Verb (SV) Sentences
- Simple Sentence Writer 2: Subject-Verb-Complement (SVC) and Subject-Verb-Object (SVO) Sentences
- Simple Sentence Writer 3: Subject-Verb-Adverb (SVA) and Subject-Verb-Object-Adverb (SVOA) Sentences
- Simple Sentence Writer 4: Subject Verb Object Object (SVOO) and Subject Verb Object Complement (SVOC) Sentences