Tips for Writing Better Sentences
When teaching sentence writing, you may discover that your students want to start each sentence with a subject every time. This is boring and tedious for the reader. Teach them to start some of their sentences with introductory phrases.
Example: After the game, David and Julie are going to the Homecoming Dance. ("After the game" is an introductory phrase.)
By advanced, I mean use punctuation like semicolons, colons, and ellipses.
Example: Mrs. Baker assigned two chapters to read tonight; I will start reading as soon as I get home.
Vary Sentence Length in Paragraphs
Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more boring than reading an essay where all the sentences are the exact same length. When teaching sentence writing, teach your students to vary the length of their sentences. Model this to help them understand.
Teaching sentence writing is really the backbone of many writing courses. Of course, no one knows your students better than you. If they have already mastered the art of sentence writing then there may not be much need to teach it. However, in my experience, it really helps. Even the most experienced writers sometimes need to get back to the basics, if only for a brief amount of time, if we want to continually improve our writing.