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Writing Mini Lesson #4- Run-On Sentences

Are your students writing run-on sentences? This lesson will focus on how to correct them. These ideas are ideal for any writing curriculum and are a part of a series of mini lessons for writer’s workshop designed for scaffolding through sentence structure, paragraph writing, and the writing process. Learn ways to help students properly write two complete sentences (independent clauses) in one sentence by using the correct punctuation and conjunctions. Find out how the acronym FANBOYS are used to help students with run-ons!

 

 

1. TEACH

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.

 

 

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

2. TAKE NOTES

It is good practice to have students take notes on this skill.  It helps students comprehend 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

 

 

3. MORE PRACTICE

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.

 

 

4. INDEPENDENT PRACTICE OR CENTER WORK

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

 

 

5. ASSESSMENT

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!

 

LAST LESSON:   MINI LESSON #3-  FRAGMENTS

 

NEXT LESSON:  MINI LESSON #5- PARAGRAPH WRITING

 

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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!

 

 

or just Sentence Structure?

 

 

Most of this lesson is also included in the STEP-BY-STEP Interactive Writing Notebooks with mini lessons for paragraph, narrative, opinion, and informative writing designed to scaffold through the writing process.  It includes anchor charts for teaching, interactive notebook pages for taking notes, modeled stories, mentor text, practice sheets, tracking forms, goal forms, prompts, and so much more!  Click on the pic below to find out how to motivate students and boost test scores with this STEP-BY-STEP year-long writing program!

 

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