Objective: The objective of these worksheets is to help students learn to write strong sentences and distinguish between fragment, run-on, and complete sentences.
Students will begin to accomplish this objective by learning to identify the parts of a sentence. Next, they will learn to recognize how sentence fragments are different from complete sentences. Finally, they will learn to recognize run-on sentences and how to fix them.
It’s amazing how difficult identifying complete sentences can be for some students. When I taught third grade, many students could form complete sentences instinctively. Modeling of sentence writing from their previous teachers had been enough for them to learn the concept that sentences are simply complete thoughts. However, even by middle school, others seem to struggle with this concept. I currently have a group of middle school students that continuously have essays filled with run-on sentences. Fortunately, I’ve taught these worksheets so many times that it comes naturally to use examples from these worksheets to help these students identify subjects, verbs, and complete thoughts. Additionally, I use Standards Based Grammar (also found on Teachers Pay Teachers) with them as well which helps them identify simple, complex, compound, and compound-complex sentences. By the end of the year, most of these middle schoolers seem to finally get the concept of sentence writing.
Progression of the Worksheets
This book begins by teaching the students the parts of a sentence. Students will learn about prepositional and verb phrases along with subjects and predicates. Next, the students will learn to identify the subject, predicate, and complete thought in a sentence. From there, the students will learn to distinguish between fragment, run-on, and complete sentences. The book ends with common errors made by writers while writing sentences.
Obviously, the goal of these worksheets is to help students write strong, intelligent, complete sentences. These worksheets will help give the students confidence to write good sentences and give them the ability to self-correct when they make mistakes. With this in mind many of the worksheets require that the students practice the skills taught within an actual writing situation. The extensions will give them immediate practice and help them see the practical application of what they’ve learned.