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Young scholars write a topic sentence to a paragraph and explain that it introduces the main idea. After a whole-class demonstration, students write a complete paragraph with their topic sentence and supporting sentences. There are some excellent examples of student work, and an idea for a graphic organizer, embedded in this plan. Very nice!
Writing is tough to perfect. Help your class improve their writing skills by studying different sentence problems. This reference guide covers sentence fragments, run-ons, and misplaced modifiers, but that's just to start! There's a short practice opportunity at the end, but you'll want to give your learners extra practice to accompany this packet.
Yea, FANBOYS! Simple, complex, compound, and compound-complex sentences, as well as coordinating conjunctions, are featured in a presentation that defines each term and provides color-coded examples. Corrections for run-ons and comma splices are also introduced. Checks for understanding and discussion questions follow each section.
Covering vocabulary, literary analysis, and grammar, this instructional activity would be a great study guide or homework assignment for an eighth-grade Language Arts class. Though the five stories by Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry, and Oscar Wilde are very specific, a teacher could work their own material into this format. A section on the different types of irony as they relate to the stories is especially helpful, as well as grammar questions about different phrases and sentence types.
Discuss compound sentences with your class, and then give them this practice opportunity to solidify their understanding. The box at the top of the page provides great visuals to help your class understand simple sentences and different ways to combine them. Then, there are 30 practice sentences.
Short, choppy sentences make choppy writing. Help your class improve their writing skills by learning different ways to combine sentences. They read a set of three sentences and then select the option that combines them best. As it stands, this resource only provides writers one opportunity to combine sentences themselves. Consider adding additional examples of your own.
Eliminate run-on sentences! This practice opportunity highlights run-on sentence errors and how to fix them. Examples are shown, and learners are given two options: using semi-colons or commas and coordinating conjunctions. Help polish student writing with this important grammar lesson.
After defining and offering cogent examples of fragments and complex sentences, this worksheet presents pupils with two passages. One they must revise. For the second, an excerpt from an E.B. White essay, they must identify the fragments and note why White intentionally breaks the rules.
What does a good closing sentence look like? First, read the article "Gymnasts Flip for Science," and then identify the conclusion sentence. What are the supporting facts mentioned in the article? After studying the article's conclusion, it's time for your writers to try! They use the graphic organizer included to create a topic and conclusion for an informative article.
Does your class dread using semicolons? Use this resource to join two independent clauses using either a comma, semicolon, or colon. Several examples and six practice sentences are available at the bottom for learners to choose the correct punctuation. Answers are also on the same sheet at the very bottom.
Growing writers explore what it takes to develop and support a thesis statement with pre-fabricated ideas provided by the Virginia Department of Education. Learners take notes on what makes a thesis statement and a topic sentence, and move into a group effort where the paragraph crafters develop the parts of a paragraph from the given prompt (or one developed by the educator) and assemble the labor into a clear piece of writing. The activity is enforced by a worksheet where the thesis statement, topic sentence and supporting details are scattered and must be reassembled into a proper paragraph. Strategies for differentiation are available.
Thoroughly reviewing the concepts of poetic structure, clauses, sentence types, and phrases, this worksheet would be a great tool for a class in the middle of a poetry and/or grammar unit. Though some of the questions on poetry are specific to nine listed poems, they can be altered to include the poems that you are reading in class. The poetry element questions, as well as the grammar questions, can be used regardless of the poems you are teaching.
Remember that old skimming technique, where you'd read the first and last sentence of a paragraph to glean the main idea? That tried and true college trick is taught to third graders as a way to gather information while they read. They work as a class to discuss and practice using the strategy before setting out on their own. Please double check the standards listed on the lesson, there are many of them, and they may not all align correctly.
Even your best readers will be challenged by this worksheet that asks learners to pick the word that best completes each sentence. An answer sheet not only identifies the correct response but also details the strategies used to determine the correct response. Great for in-class or at-home practice.
These words are tough! Very advanced English language learners or native speakers will still be befuddled by some of these vocabulary words. For each of the six sentences provided, learners must choose the correct word to complete the sentence. Example words include quiescent, limpid, ethereal, and propitiations.
Examine parallelism in sentence structure. Ninth graders review Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to find examples of parallelism, and look at the Declaration of Independence for the same. They compose an original piece of writing in which they highlight their use of parallelism by using a different colors for the text.