Build fluency in your middle school students’ writing with this compound sentence review and practice activity. Review grammar and punctuation with fun compound sentence examples. Then have students practice writing compound sentences by combining given clauses with a FANBOYS coordinating conjunction.
♦ Choose autumn or spring-themed example sentences
♦ Task cards in color or low-ink format
♦ Answer key with possible compound sentences
♦ PDF file format is easy to use on any computer
♦ 15-slide presentation to introduce or review terms
♦ Mini anchor chart for students’ interactive notebooks
♦ 20 task cards with clauses for students to combine
♦ Task Card Record Sheet for student answers
♦ Answer key with sample sentences
First preview the slideshow presentation. You can project this file on your whiteboard, or assign it for students to view in Google Classroom.
Print copies of the mini anchor chart (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 key with possible compound 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 Sentences set
Place a mini anchor chart in students’ interactive notebooks and encourage them to use it with the task cards.
Each card gives two clauses that students must combine using a coordinating conjunction to write a compound 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.