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Print out this handy reference page double sided and distribute it to your class. Individuals can use the page to aid them as they work on their topic sentences, transitions, conclusions, and paragraph structure. There is plenty of information on the page, including instructions, examples, and lists of words. Great for the initial writing process as well as revision!
How well do your pupils know comma rules? Clear up confusion with this document, which includes an abundance of information about how and when to use commas as well as a practice exercise. Note: The answers are on the bottom of the page. White these out before making copies or only show the sentences to correct on the document camera so that pupils can respond before seeing the answers.
Do the benefits to patients of medical marijuana outweigh the risks? That is the question at the heart of an exercise in learning how to conduct informed discussions of controversial issues. After reading a background article that presents strong arguments for both sides and examining a fact sheet, pairs use the provided perspective cards in a role-play exercise.
Ever wonder if your ELA lessons are hitting all of Bloom's levels? Here are eight pages of close reading questions that gradually build from the lowest to the highest levels of Bloom's taxonomy. This particular lesson focuses on a short selection of Edgar Allen Poe's infamous short story "The Tell Tale Heart," but reviewing this resource may help you in crafting close reading assignments for any text your class may be reading. Included also are two extended writing prompts and a revision workshop activity. 
Begin the lesson by modeling how to connect two sentences with a transition word. After doing five examples together, have learners work together to correctly edit a list of sentences provided. Finally, learners look back at their past writing to highlight transition words used. Have them revise their writing by adding additional transition words! 
This excellent resource has the audience focus on ways to create complete sentences. As the presentation progresses, they see many examples of sentences that are fragments, run-ons, and ones that are punctuated incorrectly. They then discover how to fix them. Then they take a 10-slide quiz to see if they can correct poorly-written sentences. 
An outstanding presentation on what run-on sentences are, and how to fix them, awaits your class in this language arts PowerPoint. They are shown four different methods they can use to fix a run-on sentence. This presentation is meant to be used while reading The Cay with your class. Additionally, some outstanding links are embedded in the final slides. These links will provide more practice.
Read Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch to illustrate the use of transition words effectively. Discuss each transition word used, and have learners find transition words in other books. Consider making a class chart of transition words found for future writing days. 
Fifth graders read articles to make them aware of the world around them.  In this social awareness lesson, 5th graders complete a reading on social issues and write a response to the literature.  Students include complex sentences in their writing.
Students understand that there are different types of clauses and define the differences. In this clauses lesson, students complete activities to practice works with different types of clauses.
Middle schoolers identify independent and subordinate clauses and differentiate between the two. They discuss sentences, complete a practice worksheet, write independent clauses, and identify independent and subordinate clauses in the newspaper.
Challenge your writers to improve their writing by introducing them to 10 strategies they can use to vary their sentence structures. Each strategy is described and examples given. Pupils then create their own sentences using this pattern.  An extended practice instructional activity is also included.
Ice skating, music, hiking, and astronauts - what do they have in common? The four Houghton-Mifflin stories featured in this lesson plan ("Michelle Kwan," "La Bamba," "The Fear Place," and "Mae Jemison") show pupils that in order to be successful, you have to "give it all you've got!" The lesson plan details ways to practice listening and speaking ELD standards, as well as reading and writing ELD standards. The lesson plan is differentiated for three skill levels.
Middle schoolers visualize and manipulate sentences as building blocks, and, given a key, use Legos™ to demonstrate how to construct sentences of variety (simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex).
Students examine the role of conjunctions in the English language. They discuss how conjunctions are used, observe a teacher demonstration, and complete various worksheets related to conjunctions.
In this grammar worksheet, students identify and fix comma splices and fused sentences in forty sentences. Students correct sentences, and also fix the punctuation within three paragraphs.
Take a calming walk through nature in this ELD lesson. With three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night," "Exploring Parks with Ranger Dockett," "Around the Pond"), readers compare and contrast details, as well as separate fact from opinion. Differentiated instruction between Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels provides increasingly challenging reading and writing ELD standards.
Have learners identify the main clause, subordinate clause, and relative clause within a sentence. One page of definitions and examples accompanies a page of exercises for scholars to practice finding the various clauses.
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!
Three stories about nature and the outdoors from Houghton-Mifflin ("The Forest," "Butterfly," and "Johnny Appleseed") support this lesson, which focuses on description, summary, and drawing conclusions. The lesson is differentiated into three different skill levels with three different sets of vocabulary and sentence frames.

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