Sentence Expansion



Sentence Expansion is a tool used to help students develop their writing skills and or summarize information. Students learn to move from simple to compound sentences full of details. Comprehension is also increased when students use Sentence Expansion to write about what they have read.

When to use

this strategy:

To helps students move from simple to more complex sentences

To summarize information

To help students eliminate use of the same old boring words

When students are learning about the parts of speech and where to place words



Expand a sentence to summarize the main character in a story.

Add more detail to a sentence using adjectives and pronouns.

Expand a sentence to show me that you have learned the parts of a cell.


What does

it look like?

Click here to see an example of Sentence Expansion.

How to use

this strategy:

Ask students to expand (add to) the sentence one word at a time. Each new word should add insight and meaning to a plain sentence. The sentence must be true to the information read and must begin to re-tell the story read to check for comprehension.