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Here's a special posting page for teachers who have subscribed to our "Common Core-Friendly Vocabulary & Writing Lessons," which you can read about online at my website:  http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#vocab

Here's an open invitation to teachers using my Vocabulary Collecting resources to photograph and share your students' best "Imp-Int-Exclam Sentences."

As I explain to my wonderful students, thoughtful "Imp-Int-Exclam sentence sets" 1) use the vocabulary word correctly and with context clue hints for the reader, 2) are punctuated correctly, and 3) are each followed by a declarative sentence that also may provide a context clue.  I used to teach the four sentence types with dull, low-level worksheets, but this activity has my students totally understanding the four types of English sentences.

If you have an awesome student-submitted "Imp-Int-Exclam Sentences," I invite you to post it here in the reply box below.  I hope to create an amazing online collection of Vocabulary-inspired Imp-Int-Exclams from all over the country...and world...with this invitation.  Please share.

If you don't see the "Reply to This" box below this posting, be sure you have clicked on the "+Join Vocabulary Collectors" link in the upper right-hand corner of this screen.  

I look forward to helping you celebrate your writers by having a place to post their sausage sentences.  Please don't post last names, and please don't post any information about your students that might compromise their Internet safety. 

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Here, 8th grader Amanda shares the Imp-Int-Exclam sentences she submitted while reading I Have Lived 1000 Years.  

I have begun requiring my students to spell out the entire label for the sentences because I want them to learn how to spell interrogative as well as define it.

The hardest sentence type for students to learn seems to be the imperative form.  I'm going to do a much better job with that one this year.


8th grader Patrick read A Farewell to Arms, where he found the word myriad.

Patrick is a very strong writer who doesn't always present his work as neatly as some of his classmates, but I grade these on the thought in the sentences, and Patrick does a great job with that.

Hannah was also reading A Farewell to Arms, where she found the word ungainly.  

I am always pleased with this activity when I see them use more than one form of the word.  Hannah interchanges between the adjective and the noun form without making mistakes, which to me is a sign that they are understanding these words better than simple memorization of definitions would have provided.

I also note how Hannah adds some word-art decoration to surround her word.  Hannah wanted her entire collection to stand out, and each word received some special love and care and decor.

Another example of a student correctly using both the adjective and noun form of the vocabulary word she selected.  7th grade Anna does a good job correctly switching between incipient and incipience, which she found in The Red Pony.

I'm not sure if Ryan misunderstood about how he was supposed to add the declarative sentences as a "partner sentence" to the other three sentences, or if he just wanted to impress me by adding a declarative sentence as a bonus as the very bottom, but Ryan always went out of his way to make his vocabulary stand out, so I am including his example here. 

Let your students know they only really need to have six sentences, even though Ryan has included eight here.




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