Many programs teach students how to write different text types, like narratives, recounts and procedures. But all texts – regardless of their length and difficulty level – are composed of sentences. In our experience, many students (even in high school) lack the ability to link their ideas together and to express sophisticated thoughts and feelings in complex sentences.
Inspired by The Writing Revolution (Hochman & Wexler, 2017), this no-prep workbook is recommended for practice between Volume 1 (complex sentences) and Volume 2 (paragraphs) of our Think then Write Program. It’s composed of 26 sets of sentence exercises (4 or 5 different sentence stems per set).
We’ve chosen to focus on the words ‘because’, ‘but’ and ‘so’, because for speaking, understanding, reading and writing, it’s useful to know that:
- “because” explains why something is true;
- “but” indicates a contrast, or a u-turn; and
- “so” tells us what happens as a result of something else (i.e. its effect).
These words are very useful in essays because they help you to link your ideas and to express yourself more fluently. To understand the differences in more detail, we practice completing identical sentence fragments using “because”, “but” and “so”.
For help writing complex sentences, check out our Think, Then Write (Volume 1). For students looking for help with paragraphs, look out for our Think, Then Write (Volume 2): How to Write Paragraphs.
For help using transitions, see our Think, Then Write (Volume 3, Part 1): a no-prep workbook to learn transitions and to help create short reports, see our Think, Then Write (Volume 3, Part 2): Writing Short Multi-Paragraph Reports.
To practice comparing and contrasting things we can see and imagine, see: Think, Then Write (Volume 4a): a no-prep workbook to compare and contrast things.
Available in PDF and Google Slides.