Writing that demonstrates good sentence fluency contains sentences that are delightful to be read aloud. The writing has a variety of long and short sentences. Sentence beginnings vary and writing has a natural flow.
Many students get stuck writing short, simple sentences. I spend a lot of time teaching my second graders how to extend their sentences to show more detail. Here are some apps and iPod activities which I use to help my students extend their sentences:
This app shows how sentences can be short or long. The start screen has a silly looking character with a speech bubble. By tapping the screen, you can change his sentences. The app comes with some vocabulary built in but the best part is you can edit the vocabulary and add your own words! Simply push the button that says “data.”
You now have the option to change the following: names, actions, things, adjectives, and adverbial phrases. When you select one you will be given the option to “edit” or “add new item.” Students can add their own words and create personalized silly sentences (both long and short). The only negative about this app are the advertisements at the bottom.
Edmodo or Notes (built in) Routine:
One routine I have my students complete is to write an extended sentence on a daily basis in Notes or on an Edmodo post (or sometimes an Edmodo assignment). I prefer using Edmodo posts because other students can give each friend a comment or suggestion. When I want the opportunity to grade each students’ sentence or have a private conversation about their writing goals, I do an Edmodo assignment. I have them write a sentence that includes: a who or what, an adjective, a strong verb, an adverb, and a where.
This blog entry is part of a series focusing on integrating iPods during the writing block with a focus on the use of the 6 +1 Traits of writing. Please return to find out about specific apps I use to support the other traits of good writing.
Please share other ideas to utilize iPods to support sentence fluency!