The lesson can be taught by you or a substitute in one to two class periods but I planned it to be taught as five mini-lessons, one for every day of the week. This allows students to absorb the concept and use it in several ways over a longer time period. In this way, the knowledge should stay with them. You could also teach each worksheet daily instead of duplicating the pages front to back. If you do this, the lesson takes seven days to teach. I intended these activities to be used first thing in class every day as a bell-ringer activity.
I think having all the little pieces in place such as knowing what is parallel structure in writing is essential to strong, unambiguous writing. So, no matter what the age of your students, they can benefit from this lesson.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.1.a Use parallel structure
This lesson contains:
• All teacher instructions
• Handout and worksheet on “What is Parallel Structure” with KEY
• Handout and worksheet titled “ Using Parallel Infinitives and Gerunds” with KEY
• Study worksheet titled “Using Parallel Verbs” with KEY
• Handout and worksheet titled “Using Parallel Structure with Correlative Conjunctions” with KEY
• Worksheet titled “Definitions and Uses of Parallel Structure” with KEY
• “Writing Sentences Using Parallel Structure” without a KEY
• “Quiz over Pronouns and Their Antecedents” with KEY
Have fun with this non-threatening way to learn parallel structure!