Lesson: Complex sentences
SWBAT identify and generate complex sentences.
What are the parts of a complex sentence?
How do I correctly punctuate a complex sentence?
Use a review of dependent/independent clauses or of compound sentences; look in the Sentence Types Warm-Ups document.
Complex sentences notes
A writing project the students have written/currently are writing
Lesson Plan: I Do
Take student volunteers to review the mechanics of a compound sentence. Lead students through notes regarding complex sentences and rules on punctuating them.
Lesson Plan: We Do Together
Student volunteers combine a few clauses at the board/overhead in order to create example complex sentences. Then all students write their own original ones under teacher auspices. Teacher checks for understanding.
Lesson Plan: You Do
Students incorporate a complex sentence or two into their writing project. Teacher conducts conferences or leads small groups.
1. What went well?
2. What would you change?
3. What needs explanation?
The mnemonic of the rhino and monkey is particularly useful--I tried teaching it without any such strategy one year, and the rule crashed and burned. Even after intense review, the similarity between the words dependent and independent, along with the ambiguity between compound and complex, just overwhelmed the students. I absolutely suggest having some students come up to the front of the room and act out the interactions between the clauses.
There's not nearly enough work within this lesson to associate the word "complex" with one idea and "compound" with another. This is a persistent student misunderstanding and definitely needs approaching.
The rule on punctuation, while fun to teach in the way I've outlined, is not nearly hard and fast enough to be a major point of focus throughout the year. Teach it memorably or just don't teach it at all.
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