ELACC2L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
How do you make a complete sentence?
about 30 minutes
chart paper, pre-made sentences on sentence strips-cut apart
Overview or notes pertaining to lesson:
Students will learn how to form a complete sentence and practice building complete sentences.
Today I will use word study time to teach complete sentences, since we are starting to write our stories in writing. Students should bring writing journals to the floor and open to the mini lesson section. I will display a chart of sentences-some will be complete and some incomplete. We will talk about which are complete and which are not and why. With guidance, students will identify that complete sentences have a subject (who or what the sentence is about) and a predicate (the verb). Sentences also need capital letters and periods. On the chart I will make notes on the sentences that are incomplete, ie: does not have subject, no predicate, etc. The sentences that are complete, I will underline the subject and circle the predicate. I will make a key on the chart ____ = subject, = predicate.
Allow students to practice writing complete sentences in their notebooks. Allow students to share and discuss these sentences. Do this by having students identify from the remaining sentences on the chart paper, which are complete and incomplete and why. Also have them practice making their own sentences.
At table groups, allow students to practice with pre-made activity. I made 5 different bags of words on sentence strips. When the words are put in order, they create a sentence. Students work in groups to create complete sentences and then write them in their journals, underlining the subject and circling the predicate.
Go over the sentences that they completed in groups so students can check their work.