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  Simplifying sentences
Updated 12 May 2003, 15.24

Learning aims
  • Identify the key words in sentences.

  • Develop and use precis skills.
Introduction
Read through with the class the story Otters returning to English rivers.

Explain that, as a class, they will attempt to reduce the sentences to as short a length possible but they will ensure that they will still make sense.

A suggested briefer version is below:


Otters returning to English rivers

Otters are back in parts of England that they left years ago.

More were found by experts than in 1977.

Cleaner water, more fish and better riverbanks have helped.

During the 1950s and 60s many died and some were hunted until a ban in 1978.

Roads are a big problem

Water companies have been building dens for them to live in and making the water cleaner.

Some have helped otters stay away from roads, stopping otter deaths.

Experts think other animals and plants will start coming back to rivers too.


Main activity
Children use simplify and shorten sentences contained within the story

A suggested briefer version is below:


Goodbye to cheap designer clothes

A customer looks at Levi's jeans in Tesco
A customer looks at Levi's jeans in Tesco

A supermarket cannot sell designer clothes at cheaper prices.

Tesco wants to sell Levi jeans at half-price.

But Levi's was unhappy and took Tesco to the EU's highest court to fight.

It won.

Cheaper

This means that Tesco cannot import Levi's and other goods from countries where they are often cheaper.

Tesco, and stores like Asda, said they will still sell designer goods cheaply, though risking being sued.


Extension activity
Children could use a thesaurus to simplify words further.

Plenary
Children read aloud their shortened versions and compare them with the original versions.


For all links and resources click at top right.


More InfoBORDER=0
TeachersEngland: KS2 Citizenship/PSHE relevance
UKGoodbye to cheap designer clothes
AnimalsOtters returning to English rivers
QuizQuiz: Endangered animals

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