I’ve Got Rhythm

Published July 6, 2012 by Elsa Pla

Sentence Fluency and Rhythm

Try writing a paragraph that contains a 1-2-3 string of sentences (short-longer-longest) followed by a 3-2-1 string of sentences (long-shorter-shortest). Read the paragraph out loud and revise it for rhythm. (Exercise from Pyrotechnics on the Page by Ralph Fletcher.)

My Attempt:

Cats. They wake you up in the middle of your coziest Saturday morning dream. They meow and meow and stomp all over you and poke you in the nose until you give up, get up, and feed them. They bump your coffee cup and walk on your keyboard and stare at you until you’re forced to stop what you’re doing and scratch their heads. Then they swat at you. Cats!

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