3 Ways to Fix a Run-On

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Objective

SWBAT take example run-on sentences and edit them by using one of the three tricks.

Big Idea

How do we decide if a sentence is a run-on? Once we locate a run-on, use one of the three methods to fix them.

Independent Reading, Pass Back Log, Check in on Reading Progress

20 minutes

Will link to strategy folder.

Five Minute Focus Read: Log Set Up

10 minutes

Each week, students set up independent weekly reading goals using this formula.

Watch this video for further explanation: Five Minute Focus Read Explanation Video

Three Ways to Fix a Run-On Sentence, Notes

15 minutes

In today's mini-lesson, modeled after a lesson by Jeff Anderson, students will be introduced to three ways to fix a run-on sentence. Before we dive in, we first need make sure students understand the definition of a run-on sentence. Most kids, when asked, will say run-on sentences are really, really, really long sentences. I always rebuke this response. Really, really, really long sentences are not always run ons.

Then I give an example: Tessa went to the store; she bought fifteen cartons of eggs, twelve jugs of milk, seventeen packages of string cheese, but she could not find any sugar, which was the one ingredient her mom really, really needed in order to bake her cake, so she grew tired of searching and went home without the sugar; her mom was upset!

Many students think this is a run-on. I tell them no, this is not a run-on sentence!

Here is a run-on: Tessa went to the store she bought fifteen cartons of eggs twelve jugs of milk seventeen packages of string cheese but she could not find any sugar which was the one ingredient her mom really, really needed in order to bake her cake so she grew tired of searching and went home without the sugar her mom was upset!

What is the difference between these two sentences? Many start to realize it must be the punctuation.

Now we are ready to take our notes: Whole Class Notes: 3 Ways to Fix a Run-On Sentence

Fix Run-On (whole class)

10 minutes

At the end of the lesson, I create a couple of run-on sentences. I write them on the board and then students write them in their notebook. Together, we fix them. Here are the: Whole Class Run-On Examples.

There is another lesson that is a follow-up of the first day. Here is link to that lesson.