Sentence Patterns

One of the qualities of a good writer is the ability to engage readers with interesting and fluent text. One technique writers use to achieve this goal is to vary sentence patterns. Instead of using the same pattern continuously, a writer will change the pattern by combining short sentences into one long one or moving a phrase to the beginning or end. The worksheets below aim to help your young writer improve their ability to vary sentence structure. They are free to use both at home and in the classroom. Click on the title to read details or download. Check out all of our writing worksheets!

Sentence Patterns: Combining Sentences

Students can sometimes improve their writing by making simple changes, including combining sentences. This activity provides practice on this.

Sentence Patterns: Dependent Clauses

This writing worksheet sentence patterns and dependent clauses. Students work on improving their writing by exploring ways to vary their writing.

Sentence Patterns: Prepositional Phrases

This writing worksheet provides students with practice varying sentence patterns to improve their writing. Focus: prepositional phrases.

Sentence Patterns: Sentence Openers

Sentence openers are always troublesome for students, and many resort to using all too common introductions. This worksheet helps them to develop more interesting and effective ways to open a sentence!

Sentence Patterns: Varying Dialogue

This activity provides students with practice writing dialog and how different placements of speec tags affect the sentence.