Sentence Structure

Instructional Strategies

  • Teach the student components of a sentence.
  • Model and emphasize correct subject-verb agreement.
  • Assess whether the student uses proper sentence structure when speaking.
  • Teach the use of conjunctions and have the student write sentences using selected conjunctions.
  • Have the student create sentences from verbs and subjects he/she has been given.
  • Have the student pick out the correct verb when given choices for a fill-in-the-blank model.
  • Give the student a series of sentences, some of which use correct grammar and others that do not. Have the student identify the correct sentence.
  • Make groups of cards containing subjects, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc. Have students combine the words in various ways to create sentences. If done on a whiteboard, the student can add additional words to increase the complexity of the sentence.


  • Use sentence frames.
  • Have the student create a checklist of his/her most common mistakes.
  • Make a list of the correct forms of subject-verbs the student has difficulty using correctly to keep at his/her desk.
  • Have the student identify the subject and the verb in sentences he/she has been given.

Additional Resources

Focus Area/Sample SMART Goal/Sample Tier 2 Intervention Plan:

Focus Area

Sample SMART Goal

Sample Tier 2 Intervention Plan

Sentence Structure/Grammar

Student will improve his ability to write 1 paragraph of at least 5 sentences using appropriate verb tenses from ⅕ sentences to 5/5 sentences as measured by classroom-based permanent products by November 2019.

Teach the student the components of a sentence, then use a variety of instructional activities to practice, such as making cards with a variety of word types (nouns, verbs, etc). Have the student combine them into complete and increasingly complex sentences.

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