Thursday, December 20, 2012

Identifying Sentence Structures

IWBAT identify simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences.
Sentenced to Death

Key Points:
1. A simple sentence has one independent clause.
2. A compound sentence has two independent clauses joined by a comma and FANBOYS or a semicolon.
3. A complex sentence has an independent clause and a dependent clause.
4. A compound-complex sentence has two independent clauses and one dependent clause.
5. An independent clause is a clause that can stand alone as its own sentence.
6. A dependent clause begins with a WANNABE and cannot be its own sentence.


1. Practice identifying sentence structures using these flash cards. For each sentence, type in the sentence type (simple/compound/complex/compound-complex) and push Enter or click Answer.

2. When you have reviewed all the flash cards, you can then play a game called Scatter. On the Choose a Study Mode drop-down menu above, select Scatter. In this game, you must match the sentences to the sentence types by dragging one to the other. Try to clear the board quickly!

3. Practice writing different sentence structures when Mr. T prompts you. Be sure to punctuate correctly, and try to be creative!
  • Go to Socrative at this link.
  • Enter this room number: 58810. Click Join Room.
  • Wait for Mr. T to give you the first prompt.

4. Play this sentence sort game by clicking here. In this game, you first spin a wheel and then answer a question by identifying the sentence type. If you answer correctly, you move the number of spaces that you spun. Your goal is to get the fox to cross all the way across the park.

5. Play Rags to Riches by clicking here. Rags to Riches is like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. In this game, you will try to earn $1,000,000 by answering questions. If you get one wrong, you lose all your money, so answer carefully! You may use up to three hints during the game.

6. If there is enough time, your class will play Sentence Structure Jeopardy! In this game, your table groups will compete against one another by answering questions of different difficulties. The tougher the question, the more points your team will earn.

7. When Mr. T tells you, take your weekly skills quiz online using Socrative:
  • If you don't still have Socrative still open in another tab, Go to back to this link.
  • Enter this room number: 58810. Click Join Room.
  • Wait for Mr. T to begin the quiz.

Homework: Winter Break Project (photo creative writing assignment and two vocabulary activities) - due Tuesday, January 8th


  1. Jayden's high score in Scatter is 22.1 seconds.

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