Middle school ELD (English language development). This is one of those classes where you wouldn't realize the students aren't considered "fluent" in English just by talking to them.
The teacher had us practice writing sentences. We only had three to do, but we managed to make this take the whole period.
How did such an activity take the entire period? Some of it was due to language struggles, but the rest was just middle school squirreliness. Combine that with sub day and end of the year...
We did have another activity that we never got to.
Anyway, your assignment (if you choose to participate) is to write their three sentences. You may add more words than assigned, but you must have one of each of the words listed, and in this order:
- subject, helping verb, predicate, adverb, prepositional phrase, punctuation
- subject, conjunction, subject, past tense predicate, prepositional phrase, adverb
- subject, helping verb, predicate, article, adjective, noun, adverb
(They'd been doing this sort of thing for days. I even pointed out what the sentences should look like. I had them write sentences on the board and helped them "fix" them. But the playing around...)