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How to Write a Good Sentence Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

In this lesson plan teachers will help students learn to identify types of sentence structure errors in an effort to improve their sentence writing skills. An active game keeps students engaged with the learning process.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify sentence structure concerns in example sentences
  • Define sentence fragment, run-on sentence, passive voice and modifier
  • Demonstrate improved sentence writing abilities

Length

45-60 minutes with an additional extension assignment offered.

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.1

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

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2.D

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.

Materials

  • Printed transcripts of the video lesson How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure and hard copies of the lesson quiz
  • Audio/video equipment
  • List of sample run-on sentences, sentence fragments and correctly formatted sentences
  • Index cards - divide into four groups: nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs - write examples of each of these types on the corresponding cards

Warm-up

  • To get your students started thinking about sentences, remind them of the primary types of words used in sentences, like nouns, verbs, subjects, predicates, adjectives and adverbs. Then review the meanings of:
    • Prepositional phrases
    • Subordinate clauses
    • Transitional words or phrases
    • Conjunctions
  • Ask volunteers to give examples of each of these.
  • Instruct your students to take out a piece of paper. They will be writing sample sentences on this paper throughout the lesson.
  • Ask your students to write the longest sentence they can, being careful not to write a run-on sentence. Allow time for students to read out their long sentences and identify subjects, verbs, clauses and phrases.

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