Demonstrate Understanding of Syntax Rules with Adobe Spark

Students demonstrate understanding of syntax rules by creating an Adobe Spark Post
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About This Strategy

This 60-minute strategy helps students demonstrate their understanding of different syntax structure by creating an Adobe Spark Post. You can use this strategy for any syntax lesson reviewing two or more syntax rules.

Because Adobe Spark Post enables creativity and design, this strategy empowers students to demonstrate their understanding  in a deep and meaningful way.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student sample
  • Adobe Spark Post

  • Editable Resource Bundle

  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

60 minutes

Learn.

Students learn about 2 (or more) syntax rules during a grammar mini lesson. Students can independently access lessons on syntax via Khan Academy’s Syntax lessons or mini lessons via the teacher. 

Examples of syntax rules to cover: phrases and clauses, subjects and predicates, or types of sentences.

Evaluate.

Students evaluate their examples of different syntactic structure, as well as the different attributes of each. (15 minutes)

Create.

Students demonstrate their understanding by creating an Adobe Spark Post. They use these steps to guide them. Students can examine an example here, and read/watch  a tutorial here.

Share.

Students share their posts with classmates in small groups or partners.

Steps for Students

1. Learn about 2 or more syntax rules. Potential focus: phrases and clauses, subjects and predicates, or types of sentences. (15 minutes)

  • What are the key grammatical elements to each rule? 

  • Look carefully at subjects, verbs, and structure.

Review your notes on Syntax rules provided by your teacher. If you need a refresher, you can visit Khan Academy for lessons on syntax.

2. Create an example of each syntax rule you reviewed. Remember, syntax involves arranging words to create logical phrases, clauses, and sentences. Look at the following criteria for determining syntax structure in the examples you create and write a definition of each syntax rule: (15 minutes)

  • Is there a subject and a verb? 

  • Is it a complete sentence? Or a phrase?

  • What order are the words in a sentence?

Review the rubric, to ensure you include all required elements.

3. Open Adobe Spark Post and create a graphic showing 2 (or more) examples and definition of syntax rules.  Check out this student sample here for inspiration.  If you need or want a quick tutorial on how to use Adobe Spark Post, go here.  (30 minutes)

4. Share your graphic as directed by your instructor.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' graphics.