Sentence types

I can choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences.

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Sentence types

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Varying sentence type in one's writing is an important skill for students to learn. The difference between dependent and independent clauses is also reviewed in this lesson. Throughout the lesson, students read various sentences and the correct conjunction must be chosen from a word bank and dragged into the appropriate blank space.



Learning Objective

Students will be able to distinguish between simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences.


Review coordinating and subordinating conjunctions by having students drag the conjunctions into the correct box. Introduce the different sentence types and explain why it's important to use a variety of sentences in your writing.


Define and explain what an independent clause is as well as a dependent clause. Then explain what a simple sentence is and show examples. Next, explain compound sentences and share examples. Students then practice combining two simple sentences to create a compound sentence. After this, they will drag the correct conjunction to fill in the blanks in the sentences. Then explain what complex sentences are and show an example. Students again practice combining the same two simple sentences from before to create a complex sentence this time. They will then drag the most appropriate subordinating conjunctions into complex sentences. Finally, teach students about compound-complex sentences and have them combine 3 simple sentences into a compound-complex sentence. Again, drag the conjunctions that would make the most sense to fill in the blanks in the sentences. Finally, have students practice identifying the different sentence types.


Ten practice problems ask students to distinguish between independent and dependent clauses and to use conjunctions appropriately.


Students will drag the different words, punctuation, and sentence parts to create a compound-complex sentence. Then they will follow the directions to identify the dependent and independent clauses, as well as the subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.

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