Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences

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American Heroes: Biography Writing
American Heroes: Biography Writing
Workbook
American Heroes: Biography Writing
Everything a kid needs to read and write a biography. Learn about some inspirational Americans, try your hand at writing someone else's story, and consider what makes heroes so compelling.
3rd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Three Sentence Structures
Three Sentence Structures
Worksheet
Three Sentence Structures
Students will review and play with three basic sentence structures to liven up their writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Practicing Complex Sentences
Practicing Complex Sentences
Worksheet
Practicing Complex Sentences
Students can use this worksheet to review what a complex sentence is, and how to write one. Then, they will practice writing 10 complex sentences of their own!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Sentence Combining Practice
Sentence Combining Practice
Worksheet
Sentence Combining Practice
Can your child help Sarah make her writing less repetitive? This sentence combining exercise will help your child, too!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Calling All Nonfiction Writers!
Calling All Nonfiction Writers!
Lesson Plan
Calling All Nonfiction Writers!
The hardest part of writing an essay can be the first few steps. This lesson and accompanying graphic organizers will help students map out their ideas and practice crafting paragraphs. With this support, your writers will be off and running!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Great Grammar: Compound Predicates
Great Grammar: Compound Predicates
Worksheet
Great Grammar: Compound Predicates
In this grammar and mechanics worksheet, children learn to spot and write compound predicates in 10 practice sentences.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Get Crafty! Combining Sentences
Get Crafty! Combining Sentences
Lesson Plan
Get Crafty! Combining Sentences
Give your class the "write" stuff! In this lesson, your students will learn to master combining sentences using sentences with the same subjects or predicates.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Work on Writing: Run-On Sentences
Work on Writing: Run-On Sentences
Worksheet
Work on Writing: Run-On Sentences
Combat bad writing habits with this grammar worksheet. It teaches kids to identify run-on sentences and rewrite them correctly.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Story Elements in Sentences
Story Elements in Sentences
Worksheet
Story Elements in Sentences
Use this resource to help your students identify story elements in sentences.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Revising Your Persuasive Letter
Revising Your Persuasive Letter
Lesson Plan
Revising Your Persuasive Letter
Once your students have drafted a persuasive letter, use this lesson to help them polish their writing. Students will use a checklist to ensure that all of the most important parts of their letter are included and the argument is solid.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Narrative Prewriting Activities
Narrative Prewriting Activities
Lesson Plan
Narrative Prewriting Activities
So your students are going to write a narrative? Use these prewriting exercises to help them choose an idea and plan out their story.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Once Upon a Question Mark
Once Upon a Question Mark
Lesson Plan
Once Upon a Question Mark
What's the question? In this lesson about question marks, students will learn how to write and identify questions, generate their own questions, and read with punctuation marks in mind.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Describe Character Actions in Order
Describe Character Actions in Order
Lesson Plan
Describe Character Actions in Order
Use this lesson to teach your students to describe the characters' actions using the basic sentence structure of subject + verb + object. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *How Do You Solve a Problem?* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Experience Explanations
Experience Explanations
Lesson Plan
Experience Explanations
When your students make connections to their personal lives, their writing will flourish! Use this lesson plan as a springboard to helping students plan and develop their own personal narratives.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Compound Sentence Practice
Compound Sentence Practice
Worksheet
Compound Sentence Practice
Students practice creating compound sentences in this grammar and sentence structure worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Period
The Period
Lesson Plan
The Period
Familiarize your young scholars with declarative and imperative sentences using this simple English lesson. Students will love learning about periods through a series of sentence-writing exercises.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Musical Chairs with Complex Sentences
Musical Chairs with Complex Sentences
Lesson Plan
Musical Chairs with Complex Sentences
In this great grammar lesson, students will learn to identify the independent and dependent clause in a complex sentence. Then, they will play a game of grammar-themed musical chairs!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Add Rhythm to Your Writing with Sentence Pattern Variation
Add Rhythm to Your Writing with Sentence Pattern Variation
Lesson Plan
Add Rhythm to Your Writing with Sentence Pattern Variation
Some say that variety is the spice of life. In writing this is true as well. Students will learn to vary sentence patterns in their writing to give their pieces cadence and rhythm.
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Expanding Sentences: Let’s Get Complex!
Expanding Sentences: Let’s Get Complex!
Worksheet
Expanding Sentences: Let’s Get Complex!
Use this resource to practice taking simple sentences and expanding them by adding subordinating conjunctions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Sentence Combining: Subjects and Verbs
Sentence Combining: Subjects and Verbs
Lesson Plan
Sentence Combining: Subjects and Verbs
Help your students recognize when they are writing simple, boring sentences. This lesson will teach them to combine similar elements and improve the flow of sentences.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Conjunctions #1
Conjunctions #1
Worksheet
Conjunctions #1
Conjunctions are words that link different parts of a sentence! Help your child learn to identify this part of speech in some sample sentences.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Abstract Nouns Practice
Abstract Nouns Practice
Worksheet
Abstract Nouns Practice
This worksheet will help young writers get creative with abstract nouns and learn how they differ from concrete nouns.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Sentence Skills Practice
Sentence Skills Practice
Worksheet
Sentence Skills Practice
Stretch a sentence with these clever prompts! Kids will learn all about sentence structure as they come up with ways to expand the sentence.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Work on Writing: Sentence Fragments
Work on Writing: Sentence Fragments
Worksheet
Work on Writing: Sentence Fragments
This worksheet will give your child the practice he needs to identify sentence fragments and rewrite them as complete sentences.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Supporting Opinions with Style
Supporting Opinions with Style
Lesson Plan
Supporting Opinions with Style
Your students’ organization and prewriting skills will shine as they introduce their topic, state an opinion, and list three supporting reasons.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan

Simple, Compound and 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.
Simple Sentences
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.
Compound Sentences
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:
  • For
  • And
  • Nor

  • Using the resource provided by Education.com, your students can practice identifying independent clauses and merging them into compound sentences.
    Complex 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.”