Lesson Plan

Sentence Combining with Simple Wikipedia

Practice syntactical complexity with Simple Wikipedia articles
Sara J.
Classroom teacher
Fort Bend ISD
Sugar Land, United States
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

1. Revise sentences to create greater syntatical complexity

2. Revise diction choices

3. Evaluate changes

English Language Arts
Grades 5 – 12
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1 Compare and Contrast

1. Compare an entry in Simple English Wikipedia vs. regular Wikipedia.

2. Have students determine the differences between the two: syntax, diction, etc. 

2 Sentence Combine

1. In pairs, students are given a different Simple English Wikipedia article. Students can be given choices or assigned different ones.

2. Using a Goggle Doc, students revise article using sentence combining

3 evaluate

Activity: Assessing

1. Students use https://readability-score.com/ to insert the original entry and then the entry they made and notice the differences in readability scores.

2. Challenge students to increase their score by an additional amount to see how diction or syntax can change the reading levels