Sentence Writing

Combine, Reduce, and Expand Sentences

I can....

1. Combine short sentences to make compound sentences.

2. Reduce sentences by deleting repetitive words to make one complete sentence.

3. Expand my sentences to improve my writing.

Writing Practice Activity

1. Listen to the story I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover.

2. Think about what she swallows and how you can describe the items in your own writing.

3. Expand your sentences by writing 5 compound or complex sentences to describe what she swallows. Use sensory words and transitional phrases in your sentences.

Expand Your Sentences: Examples

Can you believe that an old lady swallowed a colorful butterfly, and she even combed the area to find more frivolous things to swallow?


Let me explain what the old lady did next, she consumed an enormous pot, but she was still famished for more food to devour.

Writing Practice Activity

1. Listen to the story I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick.

2. Think about what the old lady swallows and how you can describe what she swallows in your own writing.

3. Write 5 compound or complex sentences to describe what the old lady swallowed. Use sensory words and transitional phrases in your sentences.

Expand Your Sentences: Examples

I know a frivolous lady who swallowed a multicolored basket, because she wanted to create an Easter basket full of Easter treats.


Moving right along, when the old lady swallowed a yellow chick, she did not get sick.