Use Coordinating Conjunctions to Build a Story

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SWBAT identify and use coordinating conjunctions to build a story.

Big Idea

Students will build a story using coordinating conjunctions.


1 minutes


14 minutes

I begin by asking students whether anybody knows what the acronym FANBOYS means.  Nobody knows.  So, I display the attached Powerpoint resource and tell them FANBOYS is an acronym to help them remember the coordinating conjunctions - F is for, A is and, N is nor, B is but, O is or, Y is yet, S is so.  I explain to them coordinating conjunctions are words that connect words, phrases, or clauses.  I tell my students to be sure when they form a compound sentence with a conjunction, be sure to add a comma before the conjunction as is stated in the language CCSS.  We watch a short Brainpop video on conjunctions and take the quiz.  (I discuss the quiz whole group and students respond by using sign language to show their answers - a, b, c, d).  (Click here to watch video.)

Build a Story

30 minutes

Next, as a class, we build a story using coordinating conjunction.  Each student adds an idea, one at a time.  We start the story off with a simple sentence - I was late for school.  The first student adds a coordinating conjunction (i.e., and).  The next student finishes the sentence (i.e, I missed the morning announcements.  (I was late for school, and I missed the morning announcements.)  The next student then begins another sentence and subsequent students add on.  Students may use coordinating conjunctions to connect words, phrases, or clauses. We continue until we build a complete story until all students have had a chance to contribute.  I display the attached Powerpoint resource of the acronym FANBOYS to assist my scholars in remembering coordinating conjunctions.


15 minutes

To close the lesson, students write a sentence of their own and omit the coordinating conjunction.  Students then walk around the room and give other students the opportunity to guess what the missing coordinating conjunction in the sentence could possibly be.