English Language Arts/Literacy

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Keep It Simple

Teachers can use this template to teach sentence construction in different subject areas to show sentence patterns and to help students construct simple and complex sentences. Listen to the audio interview, Learning to Construct Effective Sentences, to learn more about how to help students to construct sentences.

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Check This Out

Use the example questions from this sample material to help students understand sentence construction and different techniques that authors use to craft effective sentences. To learn how one sixth-grade teacher uses these questions, listen to the related audio interview.

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Learning to Construct Effective Sentences


A teacher talks about using mentor texts to help students learn how to construct effective sentences. She asks the students what they notice in the sentence. Students discuss the features of the sentence with a partner.

FEATURING: Carol Lang, Newport Elementary School (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Appositive Worksheet

This sample material offers an example of different nonfiction sentences in a mentor text to show students how authors use appositives to craft sentences. Listen to the audio interview, Learning to Construct Effective Sentences, to hear how one teacher helps students understand sentence construction through mentor texts.

SOURCE: Doing What Works

More Than One Way to Write

A reading specialist describes how classes at her school are learning to write for different purposes. In each classroom students learn skills and continue building a foundation as they grow.

FEATURING: Amiee Anthony, Eagle View Elementary School (VA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Read-Aloud Walk-Through Checklist

This checklist was used by a coach to observe a second-grade teacher using multiple strategies to engage students in partner sharing and includes the filled-in form with observation notes. Watch the video, Partner Sharing: Good Readers Ask Questions, to see the lesson that was observed.


FEATURING: Woodbridge Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Systematic Teaching Strategies

This material, developed for Pennsylvania schools, describes several strategies, outlines student/teacher benefits, and provides instructional principles. Strategies include explicit teaching, instructional clarity, error correction, and student practice. A reading specialist demonstrates error correction and guided practice in the presentation, Modeling Initial Sounds in Tier 3.


FEATURING: Tri-Community Elementary School (PA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Teaching a Third-Grade Vocabulary Unit

Hear third-grade teacher Susan Barbieri discuss how she teaches seven new words over a week and modifies instruction for EL students using activities such as photo cards, physical motion, graphic organizers, and assessments.


FEATURING: Warfield Elementary (FL)

SOURCE: Doing What Works