Sunday, October 26, 2014

Writing Mini Lesson 2- Complete Sentences

This lesson will focus on writing COMPLETE SENTENCES. After this lesson, students will have a good foundation of how to write in complete sentences.  It will help them when writing in journals, reading responses, paragraphs and more!



START OFF THIS LESSON WITH THE PARAGRAPH SONG!!


1.  A subject is a noun (person, place, or thing) and a predicate is a verb (action or linking).  I like to use a visual for each mini lesson. For a perfectly delicious Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, you can't leave out the peanut butter or the jelly!  It is the same with sentences.  A sentence is only complete with a subject AND a predicate! 



SUBJECT-  whom or what the sentence is about.   Ex.  musician, player, he, playground, lake, jacket

PREDICATE- what action the subject does or links the subject by telling what the subject is.  Ex.  played, struggled, flapping, is, were, am

Examples:

The talented musician played the violin.

He struggled to catch the ball.

My thick jacket was very warm.



2.  Encourage students to take notes.



3.  Have students apply their knowledge by writing a paragraph or 5 sentences.  Have other students  underline the subject and circle the predicate in each sentence.  We like to use two different colors of pens for this activity!

4.  Share some of the student-made sentences with the class and point out the subjects and predicates.


USEFUL TIP:  When writing responses to questions, have students repeat part of the question in their answer.  For example:  Why did Mary show Dickon the garden?  Mary showed Dickon the garden because..........  This will help them write complete sentences!


Next up:  Fragments!


Do you need a complete NO PREP Paragraph Unit?  There are anchor charts, interactive notebooks pages, practice worksheets for each of the following:  Complete Sentences, Fragments, Run-Ons, Topic Sentences, Relevant Details, and Clinchers!  As a Bonus- Indents lesson, hamburger graphic organizer, and assessment!




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