Think, then Write (Volume 1): How to Write Complex Sentences – a fully scripted, no-preparation Printable Workbook with scaffolds for students of all grades.
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 designed to support students of all years/grades to learn how to craft effective complex sentences. It features five, fully scripted modules, each focusing on a different compound or subordinating conjunction, including:
- “because” and “so” – for cause and effect relationships;
- “but” 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.
For students looking for help with paragraphs, look out for our Think, Then Write (Volume 2): How to Write Paragraphs.