This product will build student confidence in writing by helping to explain what makes dependent and an independent clauses. It allows students to put what they have learned into practice.
This product includes two teaching posters:
Dependent Clauses and Independent Clauses (these are pictured on my title page).
It has a common dependent clause word marker anchor chart, an independent clause word marker anchor chart, and a coordinating conjunction anchor chart.
There is a student clause fact cheat sheet for kids to keep in a language notebook.
Practice pages include a dependent word marker identification sheet, an identification sheet for introductory clauses, a sentence practice sheet with coordinating conjunctions, a practice sheet for independent clauses connected with correct punctuation, a quiz to identify all of the above clauses, word-markers, and conjunctions, and a creative writing page to use what has been learned. ANSWER KEYs are INCLUDED.
This product is useful to ready fifth graders for middle school. It is also useful to teach sentence structures with gifted and talented elementary students grades 4-5. I can also see this used in grades 6-7 to review sentence structures.
I created this because there was very few items on this topic for my fifth grade ESL students available and I wanted to break it down in such a way as to make it easy to learn even if there was no previous exposure to the topic.
I would use this in increments rather than the whole packet in one sitting, however, it is a teacher's discretion to use it in the best way for their own students because it is adaptable to differentiation.
This is very helpful for getting to the "meat" of teaching grammar and sentence structure, it is a very helpful way to foster variety in student writing and give and understanding of how sentences are constructed.
New: I have added a core standards page and an ESL Insight feature.
The standards that inspired me to create this product are:
Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.*
Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.
Use a comma to set off the words yes and no (e.g., Yes, thank you), to set off a tag question from the rest of the sentence (e.g., It's true, isn't it?), and to indicate direct address (e.g., Is that you, Steve?).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.3.A Vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.*
Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.
Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.
Place phrases and clauses within a sentence, recognizing and correcting misplaced and dangling modifiers.