3 Types of Sentences

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The lesson helps students write better sentences, using compound and complex sentences when necessary, and to vary sentence structure when writing essays, stories, or other text.  By this grade level, most of your students know how to write a basic simple sentence, but many are unfamiliar with the other sentence types such as compound and complex.  Likely, they have read them and maybe even used them when writing, but are not able to identify them.  Several additional resource worksheets are included and can be used for extra practice of this challenging skill.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with the lesson called Sentence Fragments and Run-ons.

3 Types of Sentences Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the 3 Types of Sentences Lesson Plan
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying and using 3 Types of Sentences
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson helps students write better sentences, using compound and complex sentences when necessary, and to vary sentence structure when writing essays, stories, or other text.  By this grade level, most of your students know how to write a basic simple sentence, but many are unfamiliar with the other sentence types such as compound and complex.  Likely, they have read them and maybe even used them when writing, but are not able to identify them.  Several additional resource worksheets are included and can be used for extra practice of this challenging skill.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with the lesson called Sentence Fragments and Run-ons.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Display an example of each sentence type. Ask:  What do the sentences have in common?  What is different about the sentences?
  2. Create two columns: Alike and Different.  As students respond to the questions, write in responses in the correct column.  Alike may include: subjects, verbs, use words, punctuation, etc.  Different may include length, comma, no comma, etc.
  3. Ask students if they know the name of each sentence type.
  4. Allow for responses. Introduce sentence types.
  5. Distribute 3 Types of Sentences content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final instruction for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students and distribute scissors.  The “Sentence Game” may be timed or students may end the game when all words have been used.
  7. Encourage students to be creative with the sentences. You may allow students to write out the sentences.  When completed give the “winners” a chance to share some of their sentences used for the game.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, volunteers share each version of their short story.  (Stories will vary.  Check for correct punctuation and structure.)
  10. In closing, tell student to: Describe the happiest day in your life using one simple sentence, one compound sentence, and one complex sentence.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.I. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.2.C, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.1.F, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.3.A

None for Grade 6

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources: 

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Language Arts