DEFINE A SENTENCE. A sentence has a subject and a verb and is a complete thought. Teach students to strip any sentence down to its core–the subject & verb. Then play Jeff Anderson’s (Mechanically Inclined) Sentence Smackdown.”

TWO-WORD SENTENCE SEARCH. As a follow-up to Smackdown, collect two-word sentences from reading–a subject and a verb. Here are some examples found in various literature. NOTE: Exclude dialogue from the hunt, but don’t limit your search to literature/fiction.

Sentence Smackdown 2-Word Sentences from Mentor Texts

  • Look for two-word sentences in opinion/argumentative writing and all genres of informative text.
  • Encourage students to look for examples in authentic text they come across in their everyday world (e.g., CD covers, restaurant placemats, greeting cards, etc.).
Article originally posted May 4, 2016.

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