Writing Mini Lesson #4- Run-On Sentences

I hope you gained some great insight on fixing Fragments from the last mini lesson.  This lesson will focus on how to correct Run-On Sentences!

A RUN-ON SENTENCE is two complete sentences that run together.  Use visuals of a running shoe to begin this lesson.  Tell students they need to SLOW DOWN and fix the run-on sentences.  Use this anchor chart to help explain the lesson.
fix and teach run on sentences with this anchor chart lesson ideas and activities including fanboys
Fixing Run-On Sentences:
1.  Separate the two ideas into two sentences.  

Example:   I like blueberries I don’t like bananas.

Correct:  I like blueberries.  I don’t like bananas.
2.  Create a compound sentence by using conjunctions.  Use FANBOYS to help students remember a variety of conjunctions.  It helps students create compound sentences with words other than AND! 
Example:  I like blueberries I don’t like bananas.
Correct:  I like blueberries, but I don’t like bananas.
fix run on sentences using fanboys conjunctions for compound sentences

It is good practice to have students take notes on this skill.  It helps with comprehension of the skill and provides them with a resource to use in the future.

Student sample.

note taking for run-on sentences
interactive writing notebook for run-ons


For more practice, have students write their own run-on sentences and have their partner correct them.  Then come back as a whole group and share some of the student samples on the board.

Next provide students with independent practice to see if they understand how to correct and run-on sentence.  Task cards are a good way to practice in centers.  You are welcome to use the run-on samples below when creating practice for your students.

Run-on sentence examples

Once you think your students have a solid grasp on the concept, provide them with an independent assessment.  Track their success to use in the future when forming small instructional groups or review.

I hope your students are Rockin and Writing!  Click below for the next lesson!

Writing Mini Lesson #5-  Paragraph Writing!

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!
topic sentence, relevant details, closing sentence, run-ons, fragments, complete sentences
or just Sentence Structure?
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