In this lesson, students learn the three main ways to write a compound sentence. They also learn how to avoid a comma splice. This lesson includes a story writing challenge using compound nouns.
Simple Sentences. Simple sentences are, unsurprisingly, the easiest type of sentence for students to grasp and construct for themselves. Often these types of sentence will be the first sentences that children write by themselves and they follow the well known Subject - Verb - Object or SVO pattern. The subject of the sentence will be the noun that begins the sentence.
Compound-Complex sentence, as the name suggests is a combination of combination of Compound and Complex sentence. We know that a Compound sentence is formed by joining two independent clauses and a Complex sentence is formed by joining an independent clause with a subordinate clause.
A compound sentence allows us to share a lot of information by combining two or more related thoughts into one sentence. It combines two independent clauses by using a conjunction like “and.” This creates sentences that are more useful than writing many sentences with separate thoughts. Compound sentences are important because they allow us to shorten the things we say or write.
Rather than introducing all four sentence types at once, I roll them out one at a time: simple, compound, complex, then compound-complex. To clarify, we spend at least one week on each type. The latter two usually get two weeks each. Introduce sentence types with mini lessons.
When you're learning grammar, it's easy for complex and compound sentences to seem the same.This pretty much sums it up: Blah blah blah CONNECTING WORD blah blah blah. Students are able to pick out the clauses (elegantly represented by blah blah blah in the example above), but they have trouble figuring out whether the sentence is compound or complex.
Upgrade your Key Stage 3 and GCSE English Language students’ SPaG and essay skills with this worksheet on complex sentences. The sheet can be approached as an independent task, and features a series of grammar questions. You’ll be able to assess their understanding of the difference between a subordinate clause and main clause, and see if they can identify an embedded clause. A useful.
The best writers not only know how to identify essential elements of sentences, they also learn to shape their words into catchy, creative clauses. There are various types of clauses: dependent.