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?"

The student says, "Yes."  So, I say, "Okay, how about this part:

(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!

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Compound or Complex: Which Track is Your Train On?

Unit 11: Conjunctions Unit
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: SWBAT recognize compound and complex sentences.

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
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