Are you looking for hacks to support students who cannot finish sentences ot complete thoughts when writing? If so, keep reading.
1. Teach the student the concept of a “finished ” sentence by pointing out the subject/verb/ object components through the use of objects, images, and/or written sentences (depending on the student’s abilities).
2. Praise the students in the classroom who use finished sentences or thoughts when writing.
3. Provide the student a sequence of finished and unfinished sentences, both written and oral, and ask them to find which are correct and incorrect and make appropriate modifications.
4. Teach the student that a finished sentence has to express a finished thought about a subject and what that subject is or does.
7. Give a multitude of writing chances for the student to practice expressing finished sentences and thoughts in legible handwriting (e.g., writing letters to sports and entertainment figures, relatives, or friends; writing for free information on a topic in which the student is interested).
8. Give the student a topic (e.g., rules to follow when riding your bike) and have them write finished sentences about it.
9. Give the student additional time to finish schoolwork to achieve quality.
10. On occasions where correcting/grading the student’s writing, give specific evaluative feedback that will assist the student in constructing finished sentences (e.g., Learner writes: “Going to the show.” Teacher remarks: “Who is going?” or “Subject is missing.”). After checking the student’s written work, make sure they make all appropriate corrections.
11. Give the student ample chance to master handwriting skills (e.g., instruction in letter positioning, instructions, spacing, etc.).
12. Give the student examples of subjects and verbs on a classroom chart.
13. Read verbally to the student to encourage the student’s thought and writing processes.
15. Acknowledge quality work (e.g., display the student’s work, congratulate the student, etc.).
16. Consider using one of the apps on one of our best writing apps lists: