About This Chapter
Standard: Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.1.B)
About This Chapter
Students who fully understand the information in these lessons will be able to craft varied sentences that are clear and generally free of errors. They will also be able to analyze and proofread the sentence compositions of others. The videos in this chapter work toward this goal with lessons on:
- Constructing complete sentences
- Understanding complex and compound sentences
- Building compound-complex sentences
- Identifying and correcting sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences
- Varying sentence structure while writing
As your students become experienced in crafting and reviewing sentences, they will demonstrate greater comfort and ease in the writing process. Their copy will contain sentences of varied length and word order. They will be able to articulate how sentences are crafted and exactly why specific errors are incorrect.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Use these activities as a stepping-off point for bringing these videos into your classroom.
Take some properly punctuated famous quotes and create errors like those discussed in the sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences video. Then watch that video in class with your students. Hand out your error sheet for students to correct as a check on learning. Have each student describe one of the errors they corrected, including why it was indeed an error and how they corrected it.
Walk, then run
After watching all of the videos in class, have students think about a recent experience they had and write about it. Have them write a first draft of the story using only short, standard sentences free of modifiers, dependent clauses, and conjunctions. Next have your students edit the story by adding modifiers, varying sentence structure, and combining clauses into complex and/or compound sentences. Add a bit of fun by having students swap their stories, simplifying their peers' papers back into simple sentences. Did the first draft and the peer reduction match?
Preparing for the test
Use these videos as a quick review of critical information in preparation for the year-end assessments. Watch the videos in class or as homework and proctor the chapter test to gauge student memory and understanding of key concepts.
1. Complete Sentence: Examples & Definition
Although it seems simple, writing in complete sentences is a necessity that can trip up even seasoned writers. In this lesson, we will examine how to write in a complete sentence and why it is so important.
2. What is a Compound Sentence? - Examples & Definition
In this lesson, we'll cover compound sentences and how to create them by joining two or more independent clauses together. Compound sentences differ from other sentence types, and if you leave out their joining elements, you turn them into run-on sentences. After you review the lesson, you can test your knowledge of compound sentences with a quiz.
3. What is a Complex Sentence? - Examples & Concept
In this lesson, you will find out what a complex sentence is and how it's structured. You'll also learn about different sentence types and how dependent, or subordinate, clauses function in complex sentences.
4. Compound-Complex Sentence: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn what a compound-complex sentence is, and how to use compound-complex sentences to make your writing more interesting. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
5. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences
Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences are grammatical and stylistic bugs that can seriously derail an otherwise polished academic paper. Learn how to identify and eliminate these errors in your own writing here.
6. Varied Sentence Structure in Writing
Learn the meaning of sentence structure and the importance of varying sentence structure in writing in this lesson. Four strategies to help you vary your sentence structure will also be described.
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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA Grade 7 - Language: Standards course
- English Language Conventions: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1
- Phrases and Clauses: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1A
- Modifiers: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1C
- English Grammar Conventions: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2
- Comma Rules: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2A
- Spelling: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2B
- English Language Knowledge: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3A
- Determining Meaning with Context: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4A-D
- Figurative Language: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5A-C
- English Vocabulary: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6