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Old 11-27-2014, 06:25 PM
 
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I'm reading through Lucy Calkin's Units of Study and Unit 2 is talking about having the kids use "twin sentences." She gave an example, but it's just not computing in my head. How are these sentences twins? And how do I teach it more clearly to my kiddos? She mentions it in a mid-workshop interruption lesson. I want to teach it as a minilesson. I can't find anything helpful when I google it. I'm hoping you all can help.

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Old 11-27-2014, 07:28 PM
 
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I found this:

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Twin Sentences (add one more sentence that tells more about their previous sentence)


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Google has several listings for twin sentences in writing. Most relate to grade 3 and up.
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If I remember correctly from last year doing the new units, it's when a writer explains a word in the next sentence. Like... You must have a leash to walk dogs not the park. A leash is a rope or tie that goes around the dogs neck to keep it close. It adds detail and is a way to write more about your topic.
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I understand them to be sentences that go back-to-back with "expert word" + definition. E.g.:
Bats are *nocturnal*. *Nocturnal* means that you are awake during the night and asleep during the day.

My second grades loved these and were more than capable of using them in their nonfiction writing.


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I had found the stuff on Google and wasn't really thrilled with it. I get the idea now, but I guess I just don't agree with the term "twin". They aren't the same, it's just elaboration. I wish it was called something else. Oh well. I teach them as "twins" and see if my identical twin student says anything.
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I have heard Stephanie Parsons call them "partner sentences". I think this phrasing is easier to understand. The partner sentence gives more information about the previous sentence. It's a very concrete elaboration strategy that makes sense to my first graders.
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I was thinking I would call them partner sentences! It just sounds better to me.
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