You simply cannot write properly without understanding sentence structure. This doesn’t mean that you have to do the old sentence diagramming technique every time you write and it doesn’t mean that you have to be able to name every kind of sentence that you write. However, students have to begin with a basic understanding of how to form a sentence and what it means to write a complete thought. As they grow and learn, they may not think about these things as often because it becomes second nature to them. At different levels, students learn different rules and techniques for writing sentences and they will probably need plenty of practice when they do.
One way to practice is to provide relevant and helpful worksheets to help them gain a thorough understanding of the skill. Primary students might need practice writing basic sentences or using the correct punctuation. Intermediate students might need practice writing longer or more complex sentences. Middle and high school students may need review and will also be ready to move on to even more complex types of sentences. Worksheets can be found online, in your teaching materials, or teacher resource books that you can purchase. You can also make your own or even have students make their own to trade with a friend.
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