Understanding Sentences




Improve your understanding of the grammatical features and different purposes of a variety of sentence types. This course unpacks a variety of ways to teach and reinforce student understanding about how sentences work. This course uses the work of Beverley Derewianka in Australia and the research of Michael Halliday, an international and influential linguist. The references in the course come from the Australian Curriculum and the NSW English syllabus K-6.

This course is the first in the series Teaching grammar effectively. All courses stand alone and can be completed separately.

Understanding sentences

Cohesion and paragraphs

Using grammar to improve writing.

The Target Audience

This course has been designed for primary teachers teaching students from kindergarten to year six.

Learning Objectives

  • Unpack three types of sentences taught in primary school
  • Provide teachers with a variety of learning activities to scaffold student learning about different sentence types and their functions.


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