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.
This no-prep workbook, Volume 1 of our Think, Then Write Explicit Writing Program, includes more than 300 pages of scaffolded writing practice to help students of all years/grades generate a variety of compound or complex sentences using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, including:
- “because” and “so” – for cause and effect relationships;
- “but” and “although” – for contrastive relationships;
- “if”, “except”, “unless” and “until” – for conditional relationships; and
- “while”, “before” and “after” – for relationships between events connected by time.
For each conjunction, sentence fragment exercises have been included to kick-start complex sentence writing. To support people with additional language and learning needs, the modules feature topics that require a minimal amount of background knowledge, and include examples and scaffolds to help model and support students of all abilities.
The resources also includes a sentence writing bootcamp to improve students’ sentence-writing skills with specific verbs, nouns, place and time details, and reasons.
This new Think, Then Write Workbook, Volume 1, includes parts of our previous Think, Then Write standalone resources volume 1, volume 1.5, volume 1.6, volume 1.7 and volume 1.8 plus new scaffolds, examples and materials.
Looking for additional structured writing resources?
If you haven’t done so already, please check out other workbooks in the Think, Then Write Explicit Writing Program:
- Think, Then Write Foundations Bundle: writing simple and compound sentences
- Think, Then Write Workbook, Volume 2: paragraph writing, descriptive writing and recounts
- Think, Then Write Volume 3: writing transitions and short reports expressing a personal opinion
- Think, Then Write Volume 4: writing narratives
- Think, The Write Volume 5: compare and contrast objects, to see things from more than one perspective, to brainstorm pros and cons on issues, and to make arguments for and against different topics
- Think, Then Write Volume 6: tackling short answer questions
- Think, Then Write Volume 7: planning and organising research for long-form essays and reports