Road To Writing

In any recipe for good writing, the main ingredients are sentences.


When students understand how to form clear, correct, and varied sentences,

their writing takes off.

Sentence structure skills are vital foundations for writing, but they receive little attention in today’s popular writing curricula. When students do spend time working on sentences in school, it is often only to practice editing them. Research on writing instruction shows that intervention is most effective when students produce sentences, not just identify targeted structures in sentences that someone else wrote. Our Road to Writing group will employ evidence-based sentence composition instruction that will move systematically through a range of sentence constructions of increasing sophistication. The students will craft sentences centered on engaging topics, rather than isolated drill-style exercises. Our topical writing instruction affords opportunities for vocabulary growth as well as mastery of sentence construction techniques.