This Sentence Writing Unit includes a PowerPoint and set of graphic organizers that teach students about sentence problems, combining sentences, and correcting run-on sentences.
Inclusion Classroom Activity
As an inclusion teacher, I was responsible for creating/planning every other unit. One unit I created was a series of lessons on sentences. I used themes and sample sentences from the upcoming novel we were going to study. The unit was great. Students learned a lot and enjoyed the lessons. All was well.
Then, the next year I worked with a different teacher who wanted to use different novels. I reworked the unit, and again the unit was great.
The next year, you guessed it, I worked with a new language arts teacher. [I worked with two teachers who retired, one who took a leave to have a baby only to decide to be a full time mom, one teacher who got married and moved, etc.] Each new teacher that filled the position wanted to read different books. This meant I had to adapt this series of lessons over and over again to go along with different novels.
I decided that I would “fix this.” I reworked the unit a final time. This time, I decided to theme the lessons on our county. The unit would work at any time during the school year with any novel we were studying. YEAH!
I ran across the lessons and decided to share. I went through the PowerPoint and removed Tennessee and textbook specific slides. Change the PowerPoint to fit your needs.
In this lesson, students learn to identify three types of sentence problems: choppy, run-on, and stringy. The sentences tell general information about Johnson County.
In this lesson, students learn how to correct choppy sentences by combining that have words that are repeated in two or more sentences. All the sentences are about Daniel Boone.
In Lesson 3, students learn to take choppy sentences and correct them by making compound or complex sentences. These sentences are about Johnson County history.
In this lesson, students correct run-on sentences. The sentences are about Johnson County’s geography.
Get the PowerPoint.
Foldable Graphic Organizers
The lessons have graphic organizers that can be placed in an interactive notebook. Before uploading these organizers, I rewrote the sentences to topics unrelated about Johnson County. This way they can be used without using the PowerPoint.
Foldable Graphic Organizer for Lesson #1 – Recognizing Sentence Problems
Organizer Chart for Lessons 2-3 – Combining Sentence Rules
Organizer for Lesson 4 – Correcting Run-on Sentences
The organizers in this blog post are an updated version of ones I created for this post. If you prefer to print on only one side of the page, use the organizers from the original post. You can get the pdf file here.