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FREE Kindness Sentence Types Task Cards




     Kind: to be generous, helpful, and think about other people's feelings. 

Being kind is such a simple notion. Kindness is one of the most rewarding things we humans can do, yet being kind also seems to be one of the most challenging aspects in our society today. Our students are inundated with the outrageous, the obscene, the spectacle, and the drama in almost every media outlet available to them. All too often, this information focuses more on how to roast someone, or ridicule them, than on being gracious and kind. Therefore, I spend A LOT of time focusing on kindness in my classroom. I not only try to model kindness, but I also try to sprinkle examples of kindness throughout my lessons. I embed quotes that feature kind phrases and thoughts, assign short reading assignments that highlight a random act of kindness, show a video clip that illustrates kindness in action, and even assign grammar activities that revolve around "kind" sentences.

The 2016 election and upcoming inauguration have underscored American society's need for an immediate emphasis on respect, honor, and KINDNESS. Thus, I have linked up with some amazing teachers from Secondary Smorgasbord to offer all of our amazing blog followers a set of FREE resources that focus on truth and kindness. Just follow the link at the bottom of this post to hop around and grab a plethora of great resources!


As an English teacher, I love the written word. I love seeing how my students express themselves by the way they string together their sentences. Teaching students how to use phrases and clauses to add variety, spice, and voice to their writing fills me with joy and creates an incredible sense of pride and accomplishment in my students.

One of my favorite ways to teach students how to add sentence variety into their writing is to use mentor texts and let them see how the professionals do it. I also love using task cards, so blending mentor texts and task cards together is a literary game changer for me.
This week our focus was on revisiting sentence types, so I decided to pull some of my favorite kindness quotes to use as mentor texts for the task cards. Having students identify sentence types while reading the words of  Winston Churchill, Anne Frank, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Lao Tzu, and others was an awesome way to not only review, but inspire. I provided each student with a copy of the Recording Sheet, complete with a quick little Sentence Types Cheat Sheet in case their brains were still on break, and broke them into groups of four. Each group of four received one set of eight task cards. I gave the students five minutes to discuss the task cards as a group and record their answers on their Recording Sheet.

I walked around the room while students were completing this activity, and the academic language flying around the room focusing on independent and dependent clauses, subordinating conjunctions and relative pronouns, adjective and adverb dependent clauses, was an awesome thing to behold! At the end of the lesson, I had the students choose which quote stood out to them the most. On the back of their Recording Sheet, students wrote down their chosen quote and reflected upon why the particular quote was memorable.

There ya have it! A quick ten-minute lesson that focuses on sentence types and gets students reflecting upon kindness. This was a complete WIN-WIN in my book. Head on over to my TpT Store to grab your own copy of this FREE resource. Don't forget to follow the link below to hop on over to some other great blogs and grab some fabulous kindness lessons.


7 comments

  1. What a wonderful resource--thank you for your kindness and for working so hard to instill it in our future.

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  2. I can't think of a more important lesson to teach our students than kindness. Thanks so much!

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  3. What a great lesson and a great tool for skill practice. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this awesome resource! I love that you combined teaching students about kindness with a skill that all students need to practice.

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  5. It's so clever to use quotes from famous authors, leaders, and philosophers for this activity. Thank you!

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  6. What neat way to get two important jobs done with one activity! And to include such important messages makes this a "slam dunk" for learning!

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  7. I never thought of quotations as mentor texts before -- this is a fantastic idea and your resource is wonderful!

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