I teach grammar using model texts. Real, published authors are experts on writing, so I go to them for examples. I noticed that many authors use fragments quite often in books that my students are reading. It is usually used to make the narrator sound more natural because people don't always speak and think in complete sentences. I preach to my students to write in complete sentences all the time, but the fact of the matter is that there is a place for fragments in real life. My college writing professor said that you need to learn the rules before you can break them. Students need to be aware of the difference between a complete sentence and a fragment. If they choose to "break the rules" and include one or more fragments in their writing, they need to be conscious of doing it for a specific reason. Real estate agents write in fragments to get information across efficiently. In this project, students practice writing with and identifying the difference between sentences and fragments while creating a real estate ad for their dream house.
This product includes two different versions to best fit the needs of your class. In the first version, students practice writing and identifying sentences versus fragments. The second version gets more specific where students write with simple and compound sentences, as well as fragments.
It is a great way for students to apply their grammar knowledge and an easy tool for assessment! I find it very interesting to see what type of houses students picture as their dream houses. I've seen elaborate house boats, tree houses, castles with moats, you name it! Also great practice with imagery and word choice. Includes rubrics.