Teaching Tip: Types of Sentences
Students should know that when writing, the type of sentence they use at a given place must be tied to the purpose of the sentence. Review these four types of sentences and the purpose of each with your students.
1. Use a declarative sentence
to make a statement or express an opinion. End this type of sentence with a period.
Algebra involves a different thinking process than does geometry.
2. Use an interrogative sentence
to ask a question. End this type of sentence with a question mark.
Who was the inventor of the automobile?
3. Use an exclamatory sentence
to express strong feeling. End this type of sentence with an exclamation point.
I absolutely hated that movie!
4a. Use an imperative sentence
to make a request. End this type of sentence with a period.
Please clean your room before you go out.
4b. Use an imperative sentence
to give a command. End this type of sentence with an exclamation point.
Do not go out until you have cleaned your room!