Complex Sentences - Grammar Series by Jivey #3 (Distance Learning)

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Use this interactive video lesson to introduce complex sentences, dependent clauses, and subordinating conjunctions to your students!

**File now updated to include digital learning capabilities for virtual / distance learning.**


Do you ever get stuck trying to explain grammar concepts in a kid-friendly way? Have you ever wished Jivey would just come teach grammar for you? ;-) If you said yes to either question, this interactive video series is just what you need! The videos in this series will help explain concepts to students, and help them understand how to carry the concept over into writing. The video is not meant to be used in isolation! The practice provided in the video and supplemental materials will not be all the students need... carry the skill over into writing time to help them understand it by using it!

*Be sure to look at the preview to see parts of the lesson. This will give you a feel for what the entire lesson will be like.*

All of the work has been done to introduce complex sentences, dependent clauses, and subordinating conjunctions to your students in a kid-friendly way. By playing this video lesson, you will be able to devote all of your attention to your students! Being able to focus solely on your students will allow you to formatively assess them during this interactive lesson.

See ALL of the videos in the Grammar Series by Jivey here!



This introductory lesson all about complex sentences will explain how to create and identify complex sentences with subordinating conjunctions. It will also explain dependent clause fragments and how to correct them.

The video is 19 minutes but the entire lesson should take you about 30 minutes, as you will press pause a few times during the lesson when you see the icon appear on the screen. While paused, the students will interact with the lesson by discussing with you and their peers what they notice about complex sentences, as well as fragments. They will also be given time to take notes in their (included) interactive activity about complex sentences.

Finally, they will show what they have learned from the lesson during an interactive portion at the end of the video. They will hold up (included) cards to identify clauses as independent or dependent.



This interactive lesson is perfect to use during your writing time. The lesson should take about 30 minutes. At the end of the lesson, I wrap up with a "Your Turn" challenge, which would be appropriate to lead into some independent writing time where they practice what they have learned.

Do you use Mentor Sentences in your classroom? Use this introductory lesson during your writing time to help explain complex sentences and subordinating conjunctions the week before focusing on mentor sentences where you work with a complex sentence!



The video is embedded for playback ON Teachers Pay Teachers.

There is a download of supporting documents:

~Posters for display of the key points in the lesson

~Teacher Directions

~Student Activities: Flapbook for notetaking and a 10-question worksheet that can be used as a quiz, more whole class review time, or independent practice

~Cards (print on colored paper) for formative assessment portion of the video

~Powerpoint Show without sound/animation if you'd like to present it on your own


Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher. It is not intended to be shared. Because of the playback function being embedded, additional licenses are not an option at this time. Thank you!

Copyright © 2016 Ideas By Jivey, LLC

All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey.

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