Six Traits Sunday-Sentence Fluency

This is week two of Sentence Fluency for Six Traits Sunday Linky, so now's the time to add your favorite mentor text post to the list.  Just grab the button below, copy the linky tool code from the bottom, write your post, and add the link to the list.  All of the book links will be easy to access in the future when you're planning your writing lessons this way.

As a reminder, books that demonstrate strong sentence fluency have creative sentence structure.  The sentences flow well and are carefully crafted to best express the author's message.  Sentences can be long and winding joining one idea to the next or can be purposefully short and choppy, but the message is clear.  The books I'd like to highlight are Brave Irene by William Steig and Piggie Pie! by Margie Palatini.

I love this book.  The story is about how a young girl steps up to help her ill mother during a snowstorm to deliver a handmade gown to the queen. The word choice and sentence fluency throughout the story is superb .  Steig includes dialogue, complex and compound sentences, and begins many sentences with depend clauses.  Many of my students write with simple sentences, so this book would work well to model for them how adding variety improves voice.  Since I am planning to use this book next week, I've prepared materials to go with it.  I will have these available just for the next two days. Then, I'll add the unit to my store as a paid product.  I can't wait to see how my students like it, especially since it's been very warm in Virginia.  Perhaps a little snow talk will cool us down! :-)

The second book I thought I'd mention is Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini.  This is a really interesting book, and it works well for sentence fluency because of the way she includes figurative language and dialogue.  Specifically, there is a lot of onomatopoeia and alliteration used which isn't too common.  The illustrations are done in bright, bold colors too which I find very appealing.  I think any student would find the writing style amusing.  I have not created materials yet for this book, but check back soon. They will be added eventually.

Now, it's your turn.  What books do you love for sentence fluency or just plain love?  Think about how they can inform your students' writing.  What elements from your favorites would you want your students to copy?  I have a very long list of favorites and the list seems to grow all of the time.  Hopefully, they will show up on other blogs I follow (hint!!)

Enjoy your day off tomorrow everyone, and thanks for reading!


  1. Thank you, Carla, for the fun freebie! This year I am working with fifth grade,and this will be perfect to use with them!

    Have a relaxing Labor Day!
    Reading Toward the Stars

    1. Awesome...we definitely need to exchange ideas for writing. The test is SO hard, and this is a weakness for so many of my kids. Definitely pass on any ideas you have. Hopefully, your book list will help with mentor texts too.


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