Activity #1 ~ Types of Sentence Problems
These three sentence problems are ones I see repeatedly in student writing. Recognizing different types of sentence problems is essential if you don’t wish for your students to make errors. This foldable style graphic organizer makes students aware of common mistakes that are frequently made:
Choppy sentences are sentences that are too short. When several short sentences come together, they force the reader to go slowly. This makes the writing seem more “elementary” than it
A run-on sentence is when two or more sentences are combined without connecting words or punctuation.]
A stringy sentence is when too many clauses usually connected with and, but, so, and because, connect sentences forming one very long sentence. Stringy sentences are so long the reader forgets the beginning of the sentence before reaching the end.]
Activity #2 ~ Types of Sentences
Once students realize they have short choppy sentences (or long stringy sentences), they will need to correct them by turning the some of the sentences into different types. This organizer goes over four sentence types:
A simple sentence, also called an independent clause, contains a subject and a verb, and it expresses a complete thought
A compound sentence is made up of two simple sentences called independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, or so) and a comma or by a semicolon alone.
A complex sentence combines a dependent clause with an independent clause. A complex sentence always has a subordinating conjunction such as because, since, after, although, or when.
A compound-complex sentence is comprised of at least two independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.
Activity #3 ~ Ways to Correct Run-On Sentences
This organizer explains four different ways to correct run-on sentences:
- Make two separate sentences.
- Make a complex sentence by adding a subordinating conjunction.
- Add a semicolon
- Make a compound sentence by adding a coordinating conjunction.
You can get the pdf file here.
A similar blog post may be found here. It features a similar set of free printable organizers. It also has a link to a PowerPoint.
I reworked the the organizers from this post adding graphics. If you prefer to print on only one side of the page, use the organizers from this post. If you wish the students to have sample sentences to correct and don’t mind printing on two sides of the paper, check out this post.