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Sentences and Incomplete Sentences
Abolish fragments from classroom writing! In order to do so, you might first try out this worksheet. Pupils identify complete and incomplete sentences and then practice writing complete sentences. An answer key is provided.
Sentence Construction: What is a Sentence?
What must a sentence contain in order to be complete? What different types of sentences exist? Look at declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences with this 17-slide presentation. Several example sentences are shown, and the presentation also highlights incomplete sentences and how to correct them. Pair these slides with a worksheet on sentence variety, and you're ready to go!
Sentence Variety I
Tired of boring, redundant essays? Color-coded slides introduce writers to four basic sentence patterns: the simple sentence, the compound sentence, the complex sentence, and the compound-complex sentence. Sentence variety will help keep readers interested.
The ABCs of the Three Little Pigs
Promote sentence variety through an engaging writing activity. First, read through a boring version of Cinderella and discuss what makes it so boring, focusing on sentence structure and beginnings. Then, read a more exciting version and examine the reasons this story is more successful. Allow class members to choose a fairy tale to rewrite; the beginning of each sentence should start with a different letter, following alphabetical order. The final product will be a series of 26-sentence stories that creatively tap into different structures in order to include every letter from A-Z. The two model stories are included.
Sentence Elaboration with Prepositional Phrases
Read a short story, "A Day at the Park" together as a class. Have the class break up into groups to add prepositional phrases to each sentence to make it more elaborate and interesting. Consider having a volunteer from each group read their drafts to show how much variety evolves by adding these components.
An extensive presentation on complete sentences, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, and compound sentences, this resource would need to be split up into smaller sections in order to be accessible for most learners. Best used with personal computers, practice questions are included with linked responses that class members can click. The quiz links at the end do not work.
Vocabulary Building Worksheet
In this vocabulary building worksheet, students match 10 definitions with words. In addition, students each of the ten words into sentences to practice the correct usage of each word.
Complex Sentences: Sentence Combining
Set up your learners to become master sentence combiners with this sentence combining worksheet! There are 3 columns on this resource. Writers merge simple sentences from the first column and second column using the clue provided in the third column to guide their writing. The result of each combination is a complex sentence! If you want to increase complexity, consider taking away the clues column.
Sense, Sensibility and Sentences: Examining and Writing Memorable Lines
What makes a great sentence? As readers comb different texts (books, articles, the Internet), have them search for sentences that appeal to them. On the first day of the lesson, have class members post one or two of their favorites on the board. Then, start a discussion with your class; What makes these sentences work? There's an article attached that might help your class understand sentences in a new light.
Grammar Brush Stroke: Sentence Combining Fun Sheet
Although the intended audience is supposed to be familiar with grammar brush strokes, you could easily assign this worksheet and have writers simply combine the sentences provided to form one, sophisticated sentence. They experiment with combining two, three, four, five, and six different sentences into one sentence! Good practice!
Students explore parts of speech by writing elaborate sentences. In this sentence structure lesson plan, students view a "sentence carousel" on the overhead which instructs students to turn simple sentences into well written descriptions by adding specific nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives. Students analyze each word they add to a sentence and discuss how it improves the quality of the writing.
Many types of sentences are covered in this presentation. Elementary schoolers view examples of complete sentences, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, and compound sentences. After studying the rules, emerging writers try their hand at identifying these types of sentences in quiz form.
Kinds of Sentences
What is a declarative sentence? Interrogative sentence? If your middle schoolers are asking these questions, it's time to learn them once and for all! Start by reading through the information provided at the top of the page, and then have learners read a series of sentences and decide which sentences fit into each of the four categories (declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory).
Sense, Sensibility and Sentences: Examining and Writing Memorable Lines
Involve your readers in finding works of literary genius. Have each individual write down compelling sentences that they read or hear, whether in a newspaper, advertisement, book, movie, song, or any other place! Once each person has a collection of sentences, he or she will write one or two on the board. Following discussion questions posed, learners gather in groups, paraphrase some sentences, and analyze the differences. Articles and extension opportunities complete this excellent activity.
Teach a Mini-Lesson Sentence Variety
Help your developing writers spice up their writing by studying simple, compound, and complex sentences.
Learners examine biased words in news articles, suggest synonyms, then rewrite the sentences to demonstrate how word choice can alter meaning.
Writing a Topic Sentence
Here is an inventive, and easy-to-implement lesson on the writing of topic sentences. Learners review what a topic sentence is, practice identifying topic sentences in an informational article, then play a really cool game. All of the worksheets and instructions needed for the game are embedded in this engaging plan. The four-page plan would be an ideal choice when teaching this important writing concept to your elementary schoolers.
Complex Sentences - Sentences Bulls Eye
In this writing worksheet, 4th graders complete a complex sentence bulls eye graphic organizer. They start with a sentence to begin their story, and draw lines to two middle sentences and two endings.
UWF Writing Lab: Rules of Thumb for Recognizing Comma Splices and Run-ons
Tired of finding comma splices, run-ons, and fragments in your student essays? Look no further than this grammar presentation, which clears up sentence errors with ease. Several examples of each error, as well as opportunities to correct them, will help your young grammarians understand how to fix their writing. You could show the presentation as a whole in one class setting, or you could divide it up over several lectures.
New! Spanish Sentence Structure
Instruct your class on how to put together a sentence in Spanish. The resource covers the different parts of speech, showing how the Spanish version of each sentence compares with the English version. While there are no procedures described, this information could be used to form a lesson or in a flipped classroom.