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Sentence Fluency. The fifth element of the 6 + 1 Writing Traits. What is sentence fluency?. We all know what a sentence is. Right? Fluency is when something moves with smoothness and ease. Sentence+Fluency= Sentences that flow smoothly together. Variety is good!.

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sentence fluency

Sentence Fluency

The fifth element of the 6 + 1 Writing Traits

what is sentence fluency
What is sentence fluency?
  • We all know what a sentence is. Right?
  • Fluency is when something moves with smoothness and ease.
  • Sentence+Fluency=
  • Sentences that flow smoothly together.
variety is good
Variety is good!
  • Variety – different kinds and numbers of things.
  • Variety in sentence fluency is a number of different lengths, beginnings, and kinds of sentences.

Give an example of something with a lot of variety.

lengths
Lengths
  • Use different sentence lengths.
    • long and stretchy sentences
      • A long time ago, at Christmas time, every year my whole family would go all the way down to Colorado to go to aunt Angie’s house.
    • short and snappy sentences
      • Every Christmas we had a great time.
sentence beginnings
Sentence Beginnings
  • Start sentences with a variety of beginnings
    • I am really happy to be your teacher. I hope we have fun this year. I will teach you many new things. I am happy you are in my class.
  • How would you change this paragraph?
    • I am thrilled to be your teacher. This year will be full of fun and learning. It is exciting to have you in my class.
kinds of sentences
Kinds of Sentences
  • There are different kinds of sentences.
    • simple – one independent thought
      • A cow eats grass.
    • compound – two or more simple sentences
      • The cow eats grass and moos at the dog.
    • declarative – statement
      • Cows and dogs don’t get along.
    • interrogatives – question
      • Do cows live in the city?
    • exclamatory - exclamation
      • I am so excited about seeing a cow!
    • imperative – command
      • Don’t feed the cows in this pasture.
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Sentence Fluency

Read your writing aloud and listen

to it’s rhythm.

  • Do you use a variety of sentence lengths?
  • Do you use different sentence beginnings?
  • Are there different kinds of sentences in your writing?
  • As you flow down the river of your writing, is it choppy and rough or does it flow in a natural rhythm?