SIM: Fundamentals of Sentence Writing (SWD)
Instruction in Fundamentals in the Sentence Writing Strategy is appropriate for students who need a thorough grounding in basic concepts and terms, such as "subject," "verb," or "infinitive." Fundamentals in the Sentence Writing Strategy can be used as a developmental writing curriculum or as a quick set of lessons to improve students' understanding of these concepts. Once students have that basic understanding, they may move on to Proficiency in the Sentence Writing Strategy. Together these components constitute a strategy for recognizing and writing 14 sentence patterns with four types of sentences: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. In studies, students who have learned the Sentence Writing Strategy consistently produce written products that contain 100 percent complete sentences and at least 40 percent complicated sentences. Their written products include more words, more sentences, and a greater variety of sentences than those of low-achieving students who have not learned the strategy.