I love teaching! I love the challenge of finding ways to teach children how academic content connects to their real life. My love of teaching has carried over into the world of life coaching, and in this capacity, I can help teens feel good about who they are.
Let’s be real. Life can be tough for many children these days, and many of them could benefit from a little more positivity in their lives. For this reason, I found a way to connect my passion for helping teens develop a positive sense of self by using sentence patterns taught in Shurley English.
Shurley English teaches seven sentence patterns. All of the patterns include action verbs except for Pattern 4 and Pattern 5. These two patterns include a linking verb (LV). A linking verb expresses a state of being and shows no action. Study the following chart to review the core parts of the seven sentence patterns:
The core parts of a Pattern 5 sentence include a subject noun (SN), a linking verb (LV), and a predicate adjective (PA). The linking verb links the simple subject to an adjective in the predicate part of the sentence that modifies the subject. As students recite the Question and Answer Flow, a step is included to help them understand clearly that a predicate adjective modifies the subject. Here’s an example:
Now that I’ve refreshed your memory about the core parts of a Pattern 5 sentence, I’d like to share an idea that will focus on Pattern 5 sentences AND help your students develop a strong sense of self. It’s called, “Writing Confidence Cards.”
To get started, you will need ten index cards for each student. After passing them out, follow these steps:
Review the core parts of a Pattern 5 sentence.
Write the words: “I am ____.” on the board.
Tell students that they will be choosing a positive predicate adjective to fill in the blank that will describe them.
Model some positive word choice examples (SP LV PA):
I am creative.
I am beautiful.
I am confident.
I am intelligent.
Tell students to write a different sentence on each index card.
Review the sentences to make sure they have written appropriate sentences.
Ask students to illustrate and decorate each card.
When students have completed their set of Confidence Cards, they will be able to use them in a variety of ways. (See below.)
Here are a few “Confidence Card” activities to utilize in your classroom:
Ask students to choose one card from their deck as their journal writing topic.
Create a class deck.
Choose a card from your class deck as the topic for a class discussion as part of your morning routine.
Make a duplicate card deck for a think-pair-share activity. Pass out the deck, making sure two of the same cards have been handed out. Have students with the same card pair up and discuss how their “I am___.” statement applies to them.
Invite the school counselor to your classroom for a team teaching opportunity to discuss the benefits of positive self-talk.
As you can see, Confidence Cards provide a unique way to reinforce the Pattern 5 sentence and boost your students’ self-esteem. Do you have a unique way to reinforce grammar study in your classroom? If so, we would love to hear your ideas in the comment section below.