Conjunctions Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson to teach your students about types of conjunctions. Then, have students practice and apply knowledge by creating short stories.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define the term 'conjunction'
  • identify different types of conjunctions
  • list conjunctions within each category
  • explain the purpose of conjunctions


  • 1 hour


  • Chart paper
  • Different conjunctions written on small pieces of paper, one for each student
  • A piece of chart paper for each type of conjunction. Hang the labeled pieces of paper in different parts of the room.

Key Vocabulary

  • conjunction
  • coordinating conjunction
  • subordinating conjunction
  • independent clause
  • subordinate clause
  • correlative conjunction

Curriculum Standards

  • 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.SL.9-10.4

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.


Connect Students to Learning

  • Write a few conjunctions on the board. Ask students to discuss what the words have in common with a seat partner, then share answers as a class.

Direct Instruction

  • Read the lesson Conjunction: Definition & Writing Examples with your students.
  • As you read, emphasize key terms.
  • After reading the 'Definition' section, create a chart listing the types of conjunctions, as well as the definition and examples for each. Include acronyms or other methods of recall. Discuss similarities and differences.
  • Ask:
    • What can coordinating conjunctions join?
    • Where are subordinating conjunctions found? What is their job?
    • How are various conjunctions similar and different?
    • Which conjunctions are used most often?
    • What would happen if we didn't have conjunctions?

Guided Practice

  • With students, review the 'Examples' section of the lesson and the summary.
  • Create a flower petal graphic organizer on the board, and instruct students to draw one in their notebooks. The center of the flower should contain one type of conjunction and definition, and the petals should contain examples of that type of conjunction. Erase and repeat the process to create a different flower petal graphic organizer for each type of conjunction.
  • Ask each student to write a sample sentence using the proper conjunction under each flower in their notebooks. Have students share some of their sentences and check for understanding.


  • Give each student a piece of paper with a different conjunction written on it. Direct your students to go stand by the chart paper in the room with the correct label.
  • Once assembled, have students work as a group to create an original short story using all conjunctions on their strips.
  • Direct students to work in their notebooks first, then transfer the story to chart paper, leaving the conjunction blank and making a word bank at the bottom of the page.
  • Have students present their fill-in-the-blank conjunction stories, working as a class to find answers.


  • Have students develop their own acronyms to help recall conjunctions. Share with the class.
  • Using an online application, allow students to create word bombs (a search for 'word bombs' will reveal many different games). Compare how often different types of conjunctions are found in text.

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