Informative essays have a structure that is fairly easy to dissect. This lesson includes an anchor essay which students will mark up, a mixed-up essay outline for them to sort, and a web for them to organize ideas for their own essay.
Grammar is an essential part of the second grade language arts curriculum. This guided lesson teaches second graders how to properly use collective nouns, additonal nouns and verbs, and provides plenty of opportunities to practice these grammar rules in context. For more important practice with nouns and verbs, download and print the grammar worksheets that we suggest alongside this lesson.
Teach your students to entertain readers with narrative writing. This lesson will help your students understand the genre, the different parts of a story, and elements such as character, setting, and conflict.
Knowing how to write an effective persuasive letter is a powerful tool. Students will learn how to advocate for their ideas by planning and drafting a well-supported persuasive letter on an issue of their choice.
Third grade writers will be tasked with writing longer and more complicated sentences. This guided lesson in understanding, constructing and punctuating sentences can support kids as they learn to build bigger and better sentences in their writing. Grammar instruction and practical examples were written by our curriculum experts, complete with a list of recommended building sentence worksheets for third graders.
A sentence stands alone to express a complete thought. Surprisingly, most 5th graders still need to revisit the concepts of complete sentences and fragments and how to punctuate the four different kinds of sentences. Combining shorter sentences into longer, more complex sentences is another skill that requires practice. Students get all of that needed review in this unit, in addition to learning how to identify and fix run-on sentences.
Sentences are the building blocks of paragraphs. A sentence is a complete thought that can stand alone and in this unit students will learn what comprises a complete sentence and how to identify a fragment, or incomplete sentence. They will explore different kinds of sentences and how to punctuate them. And, to sharpen their craft, students will learn how to spice up their own writing by adding sentence pattern variety.
Students will become sentence construction gurus as they learn to craft more sophisticated sentences. Specifically, young writers will use subordinating conjunctions to combine dependent and independent clauses to craft complex sentences.
Now that you’ve learned how to construct sentences, learn the different kinds of sentences (yep, there’s more than one!). Practice making simple, compound, and complex sentences with our stash of classroom (or anytime) materials on the subject. Practice writing them out in worksheets, build some in real life with an activity, or click and drag sentence fragments in an online quiz. Next stop, writing novels!
Once your student learns the basic elements of a sentence they may feel ready to start writing more complex pieces. Teaching them how to expand beyond simple sentences into complex and compound sentences will give them the ability to vary their sentences in a way that expands readability and comprehension.
A simple sentence consists of three parts. Use an example sentence when explaining to your students. Considering the example sentence, “John ran down the street.”
John is the subject. The subject or the actors the sentence is about.
Ran is the verb. The verb or the action the subject is taking.
The sentence must be a completed thought.
If a sentence contains these three parts, it is considered a complete sentence or an independent clause. This means the sentence can stand alone.
A compound sentence, as the name implies, is created when two independent clauses are put together. The two complete sentences are connected using a coordinating conjunction. Examples of coordinating conjunctions are:
Using the resource provided by Education.com, your students can practice identifying independent clauses and merging them into compound sentences.
A complex sentence is when an independent clause joins with a dependent clause, or a sentence fragment, using a subordinating conjunction. The sentence: “After he woke up late” is not an independent clause because it is not a complete thought. When joined with the original independent clause, however, it becomes a complex sentence: “John ran down the street after he woke up late.”