Different Sentence Types + Figurative Language Story (41/365)

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Last week, I complained like a total wuss about teaching.  It’s not like that usually.  I have fun with my students on most days.  I’ll prove it to you right now.

In my seventh grade English Literature Arts class the other day, I made the students write a 13 sentence mini story by using different types of sentences and figurative language.  I’ll list the sentence types after the story for you teacher folk if you’re interested.  First, here’s what I wrote while the kids were writing.  I always do the activities because I like writing too.  You gotta practice what you preach.  Know what I’m saying!  And to think, I almost threw this gem away without sharing it with the world.


I needed a burrito from Qdoba.  I often talk out loud to myself so I declared, “I need a queso burrito mas rapido!”  I can’t speak Spanish, but I know mas rapido means quickly.  After I shouted my intentions in the middle of the seventh grade math class I have the first hour of the school day, I walked out the door.  My math teacher chased after me, but I was too fast for his crusty old self because I slammed four Red Bulls for breakfast.  The principal, the assistant principal and the secretary tried to stop me from leaving the school too.  They couldn’t catch me as I sprinted out the front doors of school, that oppressive prison.  Don’t question my Qdoba queso burrito obsession.  I stole my math teacher’s mini van and drove as fast as Nascar driver into the city.  I’m a beast on the prowl for delicious burritos.  I can hear the burrito calling out to me, asking me to eat it.  When I arrived in the city, I was madder than a honey badger in a snake pit.  CRACK!  I smashed my fist against the dashboard of the mini van.  It was 7:45 in the morning and Qdoba was closed.


This burrito doesn't look appetizing because I'm a bad artist, but it tastes good in real life!

This burrito doesn’t look appetizing because I’m a bad artist, but it tastes good in real life!

So here’s the sentence types and the figurative language I used, in order of appearance.

SIMPLE – One simple subject (noun) and a predicate.

COMPOUND – Two simple sentences connected by a coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS: For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So)

COMPLEX – A simple sentence with a dependent clause.  The dependent clause has a subordinating conjunction in it. (After, Before, Because, If, Since…)

COMPOUND COMPLEX – A three part sentence with a coordinating conjunction and a subordinating conjunction.

TRIFECTA – A list of three things in a sentence.  I made this one up, but it adds good rhythm in writing.

APPOSITIVE – Also know as a comma sandwich.  Where you add an interrupt to further describe a noun.  Example – Bob, my silly friend, ate paste.

SIMILE – A comparison of two things that are not alike using the words like or as.

METAPHOR – A comparison of two things that are not alike without using the words like or as.

PERSONIFICATION – Giving a non human thing human like qualities.

HYPERBOLE – Big time exaggeration.

ONOMATOPOEIA – Words that sound like the actual word. Examples – Moo, Boom.

Try this with your class, or just try if you want to have fun while writing.  BAM!  I’m out!

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