I can identify simple, compound, and complex sentences.
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In this lesson, students will learn how to identify simple, compound, and complex sentences. They will do a series of activities to learn about the parts of these sentences.
Students will be able to identify simple, compound, and complex sentences and write an example of each.
Students will determine if 4 groups of words are complete sentences or if they include a fragment. Discuss why students would want to use different types of sentences in their writing.
Explain that a simple sentence expresses a single, complete thought, and contains a subject and a predicate. Explain that a compound sentence is 2 or more simple sentences joined together by a comma followed by a coordinating conjunction. Use FANBOYS to review coordinating conjunctions. Students will use two columns and create compound sentences by combining Column A and Column B with a coordinating conjunction.
Next, explain that a complex sentence has one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses. Students will read some examples, like "Since my computer is broken, I have more time to read my book." They will then identify the independent and dependent clauses. Then, students will determine if sentences are simple, compound, or complex.
Students will respond to ten multiple-choice and true/false questions.
Students will recall what they learned in this lesson:
- How can you tell the difference between the sentence types?
- What are some examples of coordinating and subordinating conjunctions?
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