From ESOL Odyssey ELL Strategy: Sentence Builders This quick ELL strategy is effective at helping students use academic language in context while reinforcing their understanding of content concepts. This strategy assists students in linking related content words to construct sentences that are complete and correct content-wise. How to: 1. Write 4-9 content-related words on sticky notes and create a grid (2X2 for four words; 3X3 for nine words) 2. Have students work in pairs to select three words across, down, or diagonally and construct a sentence. 3. Remind students to check that the sentence is complete, the information is factually correct, and if writing, have used conventions correctly.