Module 3 - Basic Sentence Construction

Ok!  Today we are going to have fun with sentence construction.

Your Challenge today... 

.. is to take a very basic sentence and turn it into a great one.. 

Let's begin...

1. Take a blank piece of paper (or use your notebook)

2. Write a very basic statement .... 'create your own'

                                                              eg: Billy likes to ride his bike

3.   Now, we are going to expand our sentence by using additional parts of       speech. In your basic sentence, 

       a) identify your NOUN (in my case it's Billy and bike)

               Billy is a pronoun - bike is a noun. 

               for sure you will have a noun in there somewhere.

      b) identify or add a VERB  (in my case it's ride)

           if you do not have one, add one.

      c) identify or add an ADVERB  - I am going to add very quickly

           if you do not have one, add one.

      c) identify or add an ADJECTIVE  - I am going to add 'brand new, blue'

           if you do not have one, add one or two (for every Noun).

Let's recap my sentence,

 

           Billy likes to ride his brand new, blue bike very quickly. 

Let's continue.....

      c) identify or add a CONJUNCTION 

                    I choose as - 

     d) from the first basic sentence combined with my conjunction (as), I am going to continue with my sentence and add my second sentence.  

                 as he loves to feel the wind in his face. 

Let's go further and describe the wind....

I choose fresh, cold. 

Lastly, let's add a feeling or expression​... (to capture some emotion)

I choose feeling very happy

Billy, feeling very happy likes to ride his brand new, blue bike very quickly as he loves to feel the fresh, cold wind in his face.

This now is an example of:

1 independent clause = Billy, feeling very happy, likes to ride his brand new, blue bike  plus,

1 more independent clause = as he loves to feel the fresh, cold wind in his face. 

The conjunction tied the two independent clauses together and gave meaning (or explanation) for what was happening - or why it was happening. 

Tomorrow we will have more examples on independent and dependent clauses. 

Now that we have run through a very basic sentence. Remember! MOST, if not ALL sentences, should be written this way. 

Forget your basic sentences - leave them behind ! 

Now write with more expression, more emotion and more explanation.

 

Your teachers will LOOOVE it.

 

Happy Writing,  

Please feel free to WhatsApp me a picture of your young writers sentence. (the basic one - and then the finished one)

See you tomorrow.

Mieke. 

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Part 3

Clauses ....

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