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Run-On Sentences Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students what run-on sentences are and how to fix them. Students will read a text lesson that explains the concept and gives examples for guided learning, then apply understanding to activities.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define run-on sentences
  • identify run-on sentences in print
  • correct run-on sentences

Length

1 hour

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Run-on sentence
  • Subject
  • Predicate

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.1.f

Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.1

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

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Start class by gathering your students together and telling them a story about yourself, such as what you did the night before, without using pauses. Do this in an exaggerated way so students recognize that you're rambling on. Alternatively, consider reading a short book in the same way.
  • When you're finished, ask students if they noticed anything about the way you told the story. Ask:
    • Why was the story difficult to follow and listen to?
    • How can I make it easier to understand?
  • Ask students to turn and talk to a partner, repeating the exercise of rambling on, then discuss:
    • What was it like to speak in this way?
    • How did it feel to not pause when talking?
  • Tell students that, when writing, we recognize the pauses with punctuation marks like periods and commas.

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