Twilight Comes Twice by Ralph Fletcher

April Theme:  Sentence Fluency

For the first half of 2011, I will take time to focus on picture books that you can use with each of the Six Traits of Writing.  Each month will be dedicated to a new trait.

December 2010 – Ideas

January 2011 – Organization

February 2011 – Voice

March 2011 – Word Choice

This month’s theme is Sentence Fluency.  How can we use picture books to model for students how authors vary their sentence structure?  How do authors create flow with their sentences?

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Twilight Comes Twice by Ralph Fletcher is another great mentor text.  You can use this text to model sensory details, personification, or sentence fluency.  It’s a lyrical story of how twice a day we see twilight, once in the evening when it’s called dusk and once in the morning when it’s called dawn.

Lesson idea: Read aloud this book and discuss with students how the author varies the beginning of his sentences.  Read aloud again, and have a student or students list the first word of each sentence.  Analyze the list and determine how the author varies the beginning of his sentences.  Do the sentences begin with the same word each time?  Not really.  Does this help with sentence fluency and flow?  Why?  Have students take this technique to their own writing by analyzing a work in progress and determining if they need to vary the beginning of their sentences.

**Note** I provide these lesson ideas under the assumption that you are familiar with The Six Traits of Writing.  If you are not, and would like more information on teaching students about sentence fluency or any other six traits component, please feel free to contact me at Dlittle[at]linkstoliteracy[dot]com.  I am happy to provide more specific lessons or resources if necessary.

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