Literacy Development – improving sentence construction. To allow children to continue their creativity and individual use of language, try using ‘opposite sentences’. That is, give them a sentence and ask them to write a sentence with the opposite meaning. e.g. Yesterday, Mark went to watch a super, fantastic, terrific, performer called Gigantic Gary. Replacement sentence might be, Tomorrow, Mark is going to listen to a boring, pathetic, poor performer called called Tiny Tim. This type of activity allows the child to keep ownership of the choices made and gives them a challenge to see how much they can change. You can vary the amount of punctuation and complexity of sentence to suit the child. The child sees this as creative English rather than punctuation exercises but this is learnt as an aside. You could make this into a group/class challenge where children make sentences for each other. You could have a set of different rule cards from which you can choose for each game, e.g. only one word to be changed, or your opposite sentence must begin with last word of sample sentence, or your opposite sentence must contain at least one comma.