"Add more variety!" I'd say to my class. But I never really knew what this actually meant. Suprise! This bad advice never improved students' writing. In these videos, students learn nine specific ways to add variety just by changing the beginning of their sentences. This was easily one of my students' favorite writing tools - because it actually helped them.
We'll show students how to add more variety to their writing by starting sentences with a reason, a prepositional phrase, and a simile.
We'll show students how to add more variety to their writing by starting sentences with gerunds, participle phrases, and absolute phrases.