Are your students still struggling with run-on sentences and/or comma splice errors? If so, chances are they do not recognize the subject of a sentence (and therefore an independent clause).
This Subject of a Sentence for Google Slides is aligned with NoRedInk’s lesson Components of a Sentence. Use it to prepare students for “Identifying Simple Subjects,” “Identifying Complete Subjects 1,” “Identifying Pronouns as Subjects,” and “Identifying Complete Subjects 2.”
I hold off on “Identifying Subjects Advanced” and “ID subjects” because both deal with question subjects and clauses as subjects and students do not need them to solve most run-on/comma splice errors.
I have students complete this lesson before taking the diagnostic for Subjects on NoRedInk. Anyone using NoRedInk knows many students experience a high level of frustration using it if not prepared. NoRedInk does not replace the teacher. It’s an amazing tool for reinforcing what has been taught, but it does not replace the teacher.
I normally teach this lesson using individual student whiteboards.
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After that, we go into a fun, kinesthetic Maze on finding subjects: The Subject of a Sentence Kinesthetic Maze (NoRedInk aligned)
Only after we’ve done those two lessons do I put my seventh graders on NoRedInk. (More fun; no meltdowns!)
However, I offer this Subject of a Sentence Google Slides as an alternative. Students who choose the Google Slide option normally prefer to work at a slower pace. (I move quickly with the whiteboards.)
My lesson is straight forward and created with seventeen years worth of practice figuring out what turns the grammar light on in most students’ heads. ;)
*This lesson is best completed on Google Slides, but I have included the printable PDF for your convenience.
*This lesson is ideal for Grades 4 – 9