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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!
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).
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.
As middle and high schoolers experiment with their writing styles, it's easy to slip in a few accidental sentence fragments. After reading a full-page of information regarding how to identify and avoid sentence fragments, learners rewrite seven sentences on the following page.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Use this extensive online resource to inform your class about sentence combining and provide them with compound sentence practice. Learners combine sentences using a variety of different conjunctions. Each practice set is preceded by an explanation about a type of conjunction and examples of how to properly combine sentences using that conjunction.
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.
Have your class focus on stylistic choices and sentence fluency by combining, decombining, and recombining sentences in professional writing, peer writing, and their own writing. They use punctuation to recombine sentences in a paragraph taken from the Wizard of Oz. This instructional activity is intended for grades 9-12 but could be modified for younger children.
Students explore parts of speech by writing elaborate sentences. For this sentence structure lesson, 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.
Sentences take on very different meanings with the simple addition of an affix! Small groups use blank sentence strips to practice this concept with prefixes and suffixes you have been learning. First, each scholar writes a sentence with one word that can have an affix added to it. Then, they give it to another group member who figures out where it can be added. What does this new sentence mean? See which groups can come up with the silliest, most opposite, or most interesting sentence changes. Project the affixes they can use so groups can see them while doing this.
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.
A complete page of explanation precedes a sheet with eight confusing sentences that learners revise for clarity. You could show the first page to your class, or just use it as a guide for direct instruction on the issue of clarifying sentences that are muddy or ambiguous. Emphasis is on using agency to determine the subject of a sentence, and using active verbs rather than passive.
Revision is an important part of the writing process. Focus on revising topic sentences and details with the plan described here. This is part of a unit, so pupils have already filled out a graphic organizer about traveling libraries that is part of a bookmark project. The lesson lays out a plan for modeling and revision that asks writers to put their outlines into paragraph form as they improve their writing. This is a strategy that could be used outside of this unit.