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


1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


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


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


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.)


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.)


  • 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'


  • 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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