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Ch 5: Middle School Language Arts: Sentence Types & Components

About This Chapter

The quick video lessons in this chapter help students understand the parts of sentences and learn about different sentence types. Short quizzes let you gauge where your middle schooler needs additional practice.

Sentence Types & Components - Chapter Summary

These entertaining video lessons, usually less than ten minutes long, teach middle schoolers to identify and deconstruct different types of sentences. Students learn to detect common sentence errors and explore the use of varied sentence styles to improve their writing. They can ask our instructors for additional help and use quick self-assessments to practice what they've learned.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
Exclamatory Sentence: Definition & Examples This lesson defines exclamatory sentences and offers examples.
Declarative Sentence: Definition & Examples Students learn the features of a declarative sentence and see proper usage.
Interrogative Sentence: Definition & Examples In this lesson, students learn about interrogative sentences and see examples.
Imperative Sentence: Definition & Examples Students study imperative sentences and their features.
Types of Sentences: Simple, Compound, & Complex The lesson compares simple, compound and complex sentences.
Compound-Complex Sentence: Definition, Examples & Quiz This lesson defines and demonstrates compound-complex sentences.
Sentence Parts: Subject, Predicate, Object, & Clauses With this video, the instructor explains the parts of sentences.
How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence The lesson teaches students to pinpoint the subject of a sentence.
What are Predicates? - Definition and Examples Students learn about predicates and study examples.
Compound Predicate: Definition, Examples & Quiz The lesson explains compound predicates and demonstrates proper usage.
Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences In this lesson, students learn to detect sentence errors.
Varied Sentence Structure in Writing Students explore different phrasing methods for improving prose.
Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences The lesson defines and demonstrates parallel sentences.
What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers? Students are taught to detect misplaced and dangling modifiers.

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: Middle School Language Arts: Sentence Types & Components
Types of Sentences: Simple, Compound & Complex

1. Types of Sentences: Simple, Compound & Complex

Sentences can be categorized as simple, compound, and complex. In this lesson, you'll learn about all three, break down example sentences, and test yourself at the end with a short quiz.

Parts of a Sentence: Subject, Predicate, Object & Clauses

2. Parts of a Sentence: Subject, Predicate, Object & Clauses

Some of the most basic sentence parts are subjects, predicates, objects, and clauses. In this lesson, you'll define these parts, learn how they function in sentences and discover why that knowledge is important for the AP test.

How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

3. How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

Don't pass over this lesson! You may think you know how to find subjects and verbs in a sentence, but picking them out can be harder than you think. Identifying subjects and verbs is the first step to unlocking nearly everything else about English composition.

What are Predicates? - Definition and Examples

4. What are Predicates? - Definition and Examples

A predicate is a necessary component of each sentence, so it's important to know what one is and how to identify one. This lesson goes over the basics of predicates as well as how knowing about them can help answer other grammatical questions.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

5. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences are grammatical and stylistic bugs that can seriously derail an otherwise polished academic paper. Learn how to identify and eliminate these errors in your own writing here.

Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

6. Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

Learn the meaning of sentence structure and the importance of varying sentence structure in writing in this lesson. Four strategies to help you vary your sentence structure will also be described.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

7. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

8. What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

I have this recurring nightmare where all my modifiers are misplaced or dangling and everybody's laughing at me. Don't let this happen to you! Learn why modifiers are important and why putting them in the right place is even more so.

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