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Coordinating Conjunctions Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is a coordinating conjunction and how do we use them? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline important points about coordinating conjunctions. An activity puts theory into practice for students.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'coordinating conjunction'
  • list the coordinating conjunctions
  • explain how and why coordinating conjunctions are used

Length

1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.1.A

Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.5

With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 5 here.)

Materials

  • Paper copies of the text lesson Coordinating Conjunction: Definition & Examples, one for each student
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson, one for each student
  • Index cards with each of the following words written on them: 'for', 'and', 'nor', 'but', 'or', 'yet', and 'so'

Instructions

  • Begin by writing the following words on the board for the class: 'for', 'and', 'nor', 'but', 'or', 'yet', and 'so'.
    • What types of words are these?
    • What is the function and purpose of these words?
  • Pass out the paper copies of Coordinating Conjunction: Definition & Examples
  • Instruct the class to read the introduction and 'Definition' section of the text lesson.
    • Did anyone know that the words listed on the board are coordinating conjunctions?
    • How did we do in explaining the function and purpose of the coordinating conjunctions?
    • How can we use coordinating conjunctions effectively in our writing and speaking?
  • Tell the class to read the rest of the text lesson now.
  • Review keys points about coordinating conjunctions with the class before continuing. You may even want to introduce them to the mnemonic FANBOYS as a way to remember the seven coordinating conjunctions.
  • Pass out the worksheet and have students work independently to complete.
  • Review the contents of the worksheet with the class, allowing students to make any needed corrections along the way.

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