## Reflection: Student Feedback Compound or Complex: Which Track is Your Train On? - Section 4: Demonstrate Skills

As I circulate the room during this part of the lesson, I'm providing student feedback to help students clearly identify compound or complex sentences.  One strategy that I found really helpful was ask the students to listen as I read them the two parts of the sentence.  If both parts could be separate statements I make to them, as if I walked up to them and send the statement, then it's a compound sentence because both sentences can stand alone and would sound good to the students if I said it to them.  However, if one of the parts did not sound right, then it's a complex sentence, because one part cannot stand alone in a complex sentence.  So, here's an example of what I said to the students:

"Let's read this first sentence.  I say both parts to you, and you tell me if they sound okay, alright?

(Student's Name), he loves to play football.

Did that sound okay?"

(Student's Name), baseball is his favorite sport.

Did that sound okay?"

The student again says, "Yes."  So, I say, "Okay, well if both parts can stand alone then it's a compound sentence.  Now let's try this sentence part:

(Student's Name), when you visit Niagara Falls.

Did that sound okay?"

This time the students says, "No, because what about when I visit Niagara Falls?  That didn't make sense!"

I say, "Correct!  So, this means that this is part of a complex sentence because remember, one part of a complex sentence cannot stand alone."

This process helped my most-struggling students understand and then demonstrate for me how to identify compound or complex sentences!  Give it a try if you have a student really stuck!

Reflection: Does that sound good to you?
Student Feedback: Reflection: Does that sound good to you?

# Compound or Complex: Which Track is Your Train On?

Unit 11: Conjunctions Unit
Lesson 3 of 4

## Big Idea: In this lesson, students will review the function of coordinating and subordinating conjunctions and work on recognizing compound and complex sentences by sorting sentences into categories.

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English / Language Arts, parts of speech, Writing, Grammar and Mechanics, conjunction, compound sentence, complex sentence, coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions
30 minutes

### Sara Hesemann

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