This is a two-part discovery lesson in which students discover the attributes of compound sentences, and the meaning and usage of coordinating conjunctions for themselves. It also includes my complete Compound Sentence: Grammar Guide resource.
Allowing students to discover grammar rules by working together in cooperative learning groups both decreases teacher talk and instills deductive reasoning skills into students. When they can articulate rules in their own words, they own them and will be more likely to both remember them and use them correctly.
✔ Linguistic Investigation 1:
In this lesson, students will begin with a teacher-facilitated discovery of basic attributes of compound sentences. Students will work together in groups to negotiate meaning for each coordinating conjunction, discuss what makes a sentence a compound sentence, and examine how the conjunctions can be used to connect subjects, verbs, and sentences.
✔ Grammar Activity:
Students will work together in groups to connect simple sentences with the correct coordinating conjunction to make logical compound sentences while use context clues to discover the meaning of each coordinating conjunction. Students will share and compare theories. Finally they will use the sentences as models to write their own compound sentences.
✔ Grammar Guide:
This two-page reference sheet is included for students to use for self-study/review. It comes in both color and black and white.
✔ Practice Pages:
four practice pages with answer keys
It can be a two-hour activity or easily split into two one-hour lessons.
For just the grammar guide with practice pages: Grammar Guide: Compound Sentences