Sunday, November 6, 2016
6 Mini Lessons for Structure Errors
meaning errors and visual errors. This is the last in the a series: structure errors. Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.
Structure errors are also known as snytactic errors or errors with syntax. Structure errors are errors with natural language, grammar, language patterns, or knowledge of the English language. Once you have determined the errors are structural in nature, the following activities are great for helping students with these errors.
The first activity asks the students to listen to the a statement, and determining if the sentence is correct English. Students choose a card with two sentences on it. They read the card aloud and choose the one that is written correctly. This activity teaches the students to hear what is correct.
The second activity is a sequencing activity. During the visual errors post, we also used sequencing activities. Having the students recognize the sequence of the story, helps the students in a variety of different ways. For structural errors, students are using key words to detect the sequence.
Making sure students are using parts of speech, making a cube with parts of speech and giving the students a choice board, could allow for some pretty funny sentences that are, in fact, grammatically correct. Students will roll the cube and choose a word that is that part of speech. When they have a noun and verb, they can make a sentence. If they have a noun, verb, and adjective, they can make a bonus sentence for extra points.
Understanding synonyms can also be useful to making sure students understand when they are reading. Using the cards on the FREEBIE at the bottom, students will match the synonyms. You can play concentration, Go Fish!, or I have, Who has. Students need to be able to recognize synonyms and understand the value in the match.
Another structure understanding is choosing correct end marks. Students will use clip-it cards to determine the end mark and therefore, understand the structure of the sentence. When students can determine is the sentence is a statement, a question, or an exclamation the meaning of the sentence is clear.
Is the sentence whole or not? Measure it. Students will read a sentence and measure it...is it whole or not. As the students decide that the sentences are whole or not, they can sort the cards. Students can also use the provided papers to make the phrase cards or incomplete sentence cards and make them whole.
If you'd like a FREEBIE packet of the activities in this post, CLICK HERE!
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