Use colorful slideshow presentations to review grammar and punctuation of compound and complex sentences. Then have students practice combining clauses with coordinating or subordinate conjunctions.
♦ Choose autumn or spring-themed example sentences
♦ Task cards in color or low-ink format
♦ Answer key with possible compound and complex sentences
♦ PDF file format is easy to use on any computer
♦ Two slide presentations to introduce or review terms
♦ Mini anchor charts for students’ interactive notebooks
♦ 40 task cards with clauses for students to combine
♦ Task Card Record Sheet for student answers
♦ Answer keys with sample sentences
First preview the slideshow presentations–one for compound and one for complex sentences–yourself. You can then project the files on your whiteboard, or assign them for students to view in Google Classroom.
Print copies of the mini anchor charts (one copy for every two students) on white or colored paper. Cut apart with a paper slicer.
Print copies of the answer recording sheet (one per student).
You may print the answer keys with possible compound and complex sentence combinations to share with students. Please be aware that several different sentences are possible for most of these task cards. The answer key works well to provide an aid for students who need ideas or help getting started. They are not the only possible correct answers, though.
Decide whether you will print color or low-ink task cards. You can print on card stock, plain white paper, or colored paper. Cut the task cards apart and laminate if desired.
Ideas for teaching with this Writing Compound and Complex Sentences set
Place mini anchor charts for compound sentences and complex sentences in students’ interactive notebooks and encourage them to use those with the task cards.
Each card gives two clauses that students must combine. They will choose a coordinating conjunction to write a compound sentence or subordinate conjunction for a complex sentence. If you notice students using the same conjunction over and over, ask them to use each different conjunction at least once.
To build critical thinking skills and creativity, have students compare their sentences with a partner (because multiple correct sentences are possible for most clause pairs) or challenge them to create as many different sentences as they can with a given task card.