Green (approaching grade-level) – capital letters, punctuation attached to last word
Yellow (on grade-level) – no capital letters, punctuation is unattached to the last word
Blue (above grade-leve) – no capital letters, punctuation is unattached, the must-know word is a blank where students have to arrange the sentences and then, decide which of their must-know words fit
Although sometimes when students get really ‘stumped’ (i.e. the pink sentence) they will take a break from that sentence and try another one. When they go back, they can almost always figure it out. It’s sweet to see the lightbulb moments. If friends have tried with a partner AND taken a break, to no avail – they may ask me for a hint. When students ask for a hint, I will give them the first 2 words or the last 2 words of the sentence.