6 Traits, Sentence Fluency

Sentence Fluency

By: Kristen Finch, Tammy Meyer & Sara Baker


1. Summary:
Sentence fluency is rhythm and flow of the language. Sentences should flow smoothly from one to the next. It should sound natural, just like talking.
Four Sub-Skills = vary sentence beginnings, vary sentence length, vary transitions and conjuctions, & sentence rhythm.
http://writingfix.com/6_Traits/Sentence_Fluency.htm

2.Find and post a video- "The Word Chef #3 on Sentence Fluency" -
The Word Chef teaches kids to write by comparing the writing process to cooking. In this episode, The Junior Word Chefs take over and use fruit kabobs to explain sentence fluency.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFTm9V5bha4&feature=related


3.Find and post a digital story-

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

http://www.ebooks.com/850292/alexander-and-the-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day/viorst-judith-cruz-ray/

Other books to think about:
http://mrswarnerarlington.weebly.com/6-traits-trade-books.html
http://www.writingfix.com/picture_book_prompts.htm (scroll a little more than half way down)

4.Find an online activity for your trait-
Writing activity:
http://www.edina.k12.mn.us/concord/teacherlinks/sixtraits/sentencefluency.htm

Silly Sentence Creator: (really cute game...kids would get a real kick out of creating these silly sentences)
http://benalman.com/portfolio/game-reading-rainbow-silly-sentence/

The Full Stop Game- Put the periods where they belong.
http://www.roythezebra.com/reading-games/full-stop-5.html

Online Games (Scroll down to fluency section)
http://www.readingresource.net/websitesforkids.html


5.Find a lesson for your trait-

All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
http://www.writingfix.com/Picture_Book_Prompts/AllPlacesLove3.htm

Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen
http://www.writingfix.com/Picture_Book_Prompts/dancingwings3.htm

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
http://www.writingfix.com/Process/Revision/Owl_Moon.htm

Take Me Out of the Bathtub and other Silly Dilly Songs by Alan Katz
http://www.writingfix.com/Picture_Book_Prompts/TakeMeOutBathtub1.htm

Meanwhile by Jules Feiffer
http://www.writingfix.com/Picture_Book_Prompts/Meanwhile3.htm

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
http://www.writingfix.com/Picture_Book_Prompts/AintGonnaPaint3.htm


6. Question - What is the big idea of "sentence fluency" and what are some ways an educator can help students add more sentence fluency into their stories?

*And just a little bit more on sentence fluency...
http://www.readingresource.net/websitesforkids.html