This ingenious strategy shows how nouns, verbs,
adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, and pronouns are used in sentences.
Prepositional phrases are identified as adverbial or adjective phrases.
In the final analysis, the part of speech
of a word or phrase is determined by how it is used in a sentence.
So what better way is there to teach these confusing concepts?
First students put the 5 sequential scrambled
sentences together. Then, as they analyze the sentences, students
see the function of the words and phrases, or their parts of speech.
Students link adjectives and adverbs to the words they modify. Repeated
exposure to adverbial and adjective phrases clarifies these challenging
There are 18 sets of scrambled sentences per
level. Each set has 5 sentences about high-interest, nonfiction
There are an average of 9 words per sentence
in level A. Word and sentence length in Level B average 20 percent
more. Sentence structure and concepts are also more difficult.