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 using subjects and predicates.  It will help them when writing in journals, reading responses, paragraphs and more!

subjects and predicates for complete sentences

1.  Teach the folllowing:  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


The talented musician played the violin.

He struggled to catch the ball.

My thick jacket was very warm.

2.  Take notes.

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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.  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.

5.  Provide independent practice for your students.  Have students identify the subjects and predicates in sentences.  Task cards are a great way to give students practice in centers.  You are welcome to use the samples below when creating practice for your students.

subjects and predicates task cards

6.  Last, give students an independent assessment and track their progress.  This useful information can be used with forming small instructional groups or end of year review.

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 give them practice writing complete sentences!

I hope these ideas will help you and your students!

Next up:  Fragments!

Do you need a complete NO PREP Sentence Structure AND Paragraph Unit?  There are anchor charts, interactive notebooks pages, practice worksheets, and task cards 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 assessment!

topic sentence, relevant details, closing sentence, run-ons, fragments, complete sentences
or just Sentence Structure?
how to write complete sentences, run-ons, fragments, subjects and predicates


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