The Secret Garden - Punctuation 3

Are run-on sentences an issue in your class? Ask your pupils to practice punctuating sentences that have been combined to help them understand where a sentence should begin and end. The sentences are about The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, so it would be best to pair the exercise with a study of the novel.

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Pros

  • Class members must use basic knowledge of how sentences are put together in order to complete the exercise
  • Since the activity is brief, you could fit it in at the beginning or end of class, or even assign it for homework
Cons

  • While this does ask learners to think about sentence structure, there is not any scaffolding and the strategy is not the most innovative