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AGENDA - Bellwork —Kinds of Sentences Handout Define kinds of Sentences -Identify common grammatical problems. Define non-descriptive words, wordy phrases and strong verbs. Rewrite sentences using strong verbs, descriptive words, and eliminating unnecessary words.

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AGENDA

-Bellwork—Kinds of Sentences Handout

Define kinds of Sentences

-Identify common grammatical problems.

Define non-descriptive words, wordy phrases and strong verbs.

Rewrite sentences using strong verbs, descriptive words, and eliminating unnecessary words.

“Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very"; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”—Mark Twain

18 Oct. 2012


Bellwork—Identify the grammar error 10/18/2012

  • Identify each of the following sentences as correct, sentence fragment, run-on, or comma splice.

    • Going to the movies.

    • I need chocolate, I’m going to the store.

    • At our house, every Friday is pizza and movie night.

    • My daughter’s 5th birthday is in May I’m baking a chocolate cake because she loves chocolate.


Give your sentences POWER!

  • Use sentence variety—simple, complex, compound, complex-compound—throughout your writing.

  • Avoid subject-verb, subject-verb, subject verb constructions.

    • I went to the store. Then I went home. I ate dinner.

      • Fix—After going to the store, I went home and ate dinner.


Give your sentences POWER!

  • Eliminate non-descriptive words—

    • So, then, thing, also, this, these, now, that, really, very, stuff

      • Often these words can be deleted without affecting the sentence.

      • Combine sentences to eliminate this problem.

      • Do NOT start sentences with So or Now.

  • Eliminate redundant phrases

    • I think that…

      • You are writing this, so I already know this is what you think.


Strong Verbs

  • Eliminate is, was, would, have, had, would like

    • Use powerful verbs.

      • Example: Instead of “I hid” use “I cowered”

      • Example: We had several major setbacks. We suffered…


Apply

  • Read the following sentences. Combine them into one or two sentences. Eliminate wordy phrases and incorporate strong verbs.

    • The most sudden thing. I saw it out of the corner of my eye and it sent shivers up my spine. In the snow next to the deer track I was following lay cougar tracks.

    • Potential Rewrite:

      • Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I spied cougar tracks in the snow. Shivers ran up my spine.


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