No Series: Using Sentence Frames to Jumpstart Writing

Using Sentence Frames to Jumpstart Writing

Lesson Objective: Structure writing with sentence frames
Grades 3-5 / ELA / ELL

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. Why does Ms. Brewer give students the option of using sentence frames?
  2. How can you create a sentence frame that encourages varied responses?
  3. What makes sentence frames an effective strategy for English Language Learners?

27 Comments

  • Private message to Leah Wideman

I've used sentence frames with eighth grades, and it works just as well as it did with these younger students. Sentence frames are great because they provide the student with the teacher's expectation of how she wants them to respond, it takes away some of the anxiety of coming up with a full idea, and it helps kickstart discussion.  A lot of kids just don't know where to start with a response, so sentence frames really aid in that. 

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  • Private message to Lynnae Ilbrink

Sam Muhlena (My comment):

I agree with the video in that it says that sentence frames allow students to see what an appropriate answer to a question is like. I think that it does do that for many students, not just for ELL. But I can see how helpful sentence frames must be for new English Language learners. I believe that many students start out struggling to answer a question in a way that makes sense. This is a great way to help students understand what parts of an answer should be incorporated. Sentence frames allow for students to focus more on the content of the answer, rather than trying to hurry and write something correctly. More focus is put onto the content, which is awesome.

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  • Private message to rachel rasmussen

I like the use of sentence frames because it not only models langauge that students can use, but it also can take away the worry and focus of coming up with a complete sentence and instead allows the student to focus soley on the main idea. I especially like this for english language learners because it not only models good structure but takes away the worry about putting a whole sentence together. Making it easier for them to think and participate. I think the hope then, is for the students to learn from these sentence frames and use them by themselves in the future. 

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  • Private message to Leah Wideman

Hey rach! I love that you pointed out that using sentence frames takes away the worry or anxiety about coming up with a full sentence or even just speaking in public.

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  • Private message to sharon loftus
Great idea and will be also very helpful for students with special needs to help model for them good sentence structure as well.
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  • Private message to Janice Morse
Sentence frames are an essential tool in teaching the structure of writing a sentence. I also use them to get students started talking for a think-pair-share, which helps my ELs to contribute to the discussion.
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  • Private message to rachel rasmussen

I really like that you use them for think-pair-shares too. That is another great way to give students a specific focus too. Then rather then worrying about how to phrase the sentence, they can give out ideas to match with the sentence. With think-pair-shares too. They get to practice using those sentence frames as a whole. 

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Transcripts

  • TIMECODE COMMENT GRAPHICS

    TEXT:
    Common core: ELA
    Delivering and Evaluating a Persuasive Speech
    00:02:00 STACY BREWER: What is the author’s viewpoint about exploring? TEXT:
    Strategies:

    TIMECODE COMMENT GRAPHICS

    TEXT:
    Common core: ELA
    Delivering and Evaluating a Persuasive Speech
    00:02:00 STACY BREWER: What is the author’s viewpoint about exploring? TEXT:
    Strategies:
    Sentence Frames
    00:02:08 STACY BREWER: A sentence frame is a strategy that I use, especially for my English language learners to give them an opportunity to answer a question. TEXT:
    The author thinks exploring is ________
    Stacy Brewer
    5th Grade teacher
    Stevenson Elementary – Bellevue, WA
    00:02:18 STACY BREWER: It’s basically the setup of a sentence with a piece missing from it so that they can fill-in in the information. TEXT:
    I think Lewis and Clark were ________ because _________
    00:02:26 STACY BREWER: I’ve taken part of the job of writing away from the students so they can focus on the content.
    00:02:32 STACY BREWER: If you were going to fill-in this sentence, how would you fill it in? The author thinks exploring is… TEXT:
    The author thinks exploring is ________

    00:02:40 BOY: I think it’s exciting because you could find out new stuff about different things you never knew about.
    00:02:47 STACY BREWER: I write the sentence frames on sentence strips to help provide the students with the language that I’d like to hear them using when they’re talking about the answer and writing about the answer. TEXT:
    I think Lewis and Clark were ________ because _________
    00:02:59 STACY BREWER: How does the author feel about Lewis and Clark? In order to answer this question, you’re going to have to prove it to me.
    00:03:09 BOY: I think the author feels like that Lewis and Clark are very strong because they have to go through all these dangers and hazards.
    00:03:17 STACY BREWER: The sentence frames especially help my English language learners because it gives them a structure for answering the questions. It helps all of my students be successful.
    00:03:27 BOY: I think that Lewis and Clark were very brave because it says that Lewis considered the Mandan Indian stories about huge bears to be fanciful tales until one of the explorers was chased by a grizzly bear.
    00:03:44 STACY BREWER: Do you think you would have enough proof to be able to say that the author feels that Lewis and Clark is brave?
    00:03:49 STACY BREWER: The sentence frames help my students to understand what an answer might look like. For most of my students, I let them know that it’s optional, but it gives students an option for starting so they’re not staring at the paper not knowing where to begin. TEXT:
    The author thinks exploring is dangerous. Challenging and difficult. Accident.

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