Strategy

Sentence Starters

Sentence Stems, Reading Response Starters, Sentence Frames, Cloze Sentences

UDL 5.2

A sentence starter provides a frame for students to express their thoughts in writing or speaking. It can be used to assist students to focus and organize their thoughts as well as fostering creativity. Common uses for sentence starters are to help students in describing facts, making predictions, comparing and contrasting, stating an opinion and clarifying or paraphrasing information.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Sentence Frames

Analyzing Literature: Sentence Starters

A collection of sentence starters for responding to literature. Use these sentence starters to support students while writing, participating in group discussions, and preparing for presentations.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · English Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Speaking · 1 pages


Templates

Responding to Informational Texts: Sentence Starters

A collection of sentence starters for responding to nonfiction texts. Use these sentence starters to support students while writing, participating in group discussions, and preparing for presentations.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · English Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Speaking · 1 pages


Sentence Frames

Persuasive Thinking: Sentence Starters

A collection of sentence starters and prompts for developing and sharing opinions. Use these sentence starters to support students while writing, participating in group discussions, and preparing for presentations.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · English Language Arts, Writing, Speaking · 1 pages


Sentence Frames

Mathematical Reasoning: Sentence Starters

A collection of sentence starters for mathematical reasoning. Use these sentence starters to support students while writing, participating in group discussions, and preparing for presentations.

Grade 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · Math · 1 pages


Implementation Tips

Word Bank
For students needing assistance in thinking of words or are being introduced to new academic vocabulary, add a word bank. Give the names of two characters and two personality traits and have the student match the character with the trait.
Additional Prompting
For students working on improving their spelling, add a word bank and provide hints. In ancient E_ _ p_, life was hard because the N_ _ _ flooded.
Visual Word Bank
Pictures can be added below the blank to assist student in choosing a word. (The ________ was ________. Put a picture of a coat under the first blank and a red color under the second blank.)
Visual Icons
For students in Pre-kindergarten or emerging readers, visual icons can also accompany the written text in the sentence strips.

Examples

"The character I most admire is ______ because___________."
"In ancient ________, life was hard because ______________."
"All cells have ___________ and _______________."

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