Sentence Patterns

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Clear up confusion surrounding simple, compound, and complex sentences. The poster, which could also be used as a reference sheet, includes five examples. The types of clauses, parts of speech, and types of punctuation are color-coded to help clarify what goes where in each sentence pattern.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create another similar page that includes sample sentences written in the same colors and put it up next to this poster or on the back of the page if you plan to print it out for reference purposes
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners will need to know the difference between a dependent and an independent clause in order to fully understand the display
  • The poster clearly lays out each sentence type
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