I like to show an image for my visual learners so I use a broken heart for fragments! In the south, we say, "Bless your heart!" Well bless your broken fragment heart! Make the heart complete with a complete sentence. As a whole group, we review yesterday's COMPLETE SENTENCES lesson and then discuss the meaning of fragments using the following anchor chart.
To help students understand the meaning of a fragment, take notes in a writing notebook. This will be a great reference to remind students of the skill in the future. Students should take notes and write examples. Here is a sample of interactive note taking.
Next, have students practice correcting fragments by creating 5 fragments and exchanging it with a shoulder partner. Their shoulder partner then makes them complete sentences! When students complete this task, they should share their samples with a small group or the whole group.
Then I like to have some sort of independent practice to see if each student understands fragments and complete sentences. Either provide fragments for students to put into complete sentences or provide fragments and complete sentences and have students identify them. Task cards are a good way for practicing in centers. You are welcome to use the fragment samples found below when creating practice for your class.
Last, provide students with an independent practice for assessment and track their progress. This can be used in the future when creating small instructional groups or review.
I hope this helps you in your classroom!
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Do you need a complete NO PREP Sentence Structure AND Paragraph Unit? There are anchor charts, interactive notebooks pages, practice worksheets, task cards, assessents and more for each of the following: Complete Sentences, Fragments, Run-Ons, Topic Sentences, Rockin Beginnings, Indents, Relevant Details, Transition Words, Closing Sentences, and Clinchers! As a Bonus- hamburger graphic organizer, and cumulative assessment!
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