Lesson Plan

An Introduction to Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences

Introduce your students to three sentence structures. In this exercise, students will participate in a reading scavenger hunt as they look for different types of sentences in a short story.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to differentiate between three different sentence structures.


(5 minutes)
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  • Display a piece of chart paper and divide it into three equal horizontal sections or rows. (Note: this chart can be prepared before the lesson.)
  • In the top section, write a simple sentence and read it aloud (i.e., "The smart kids read books every night.").
  • In the second section, write a compound sentence and read it aloud. (i.e., "The kids read books every night and then they go to bed.")
  • In the bottom section, write a complex sentence and read it aloud (i.e., "The kids read books at night before going to bed.").
  • Explain that each of these sentences gives similar information, but they are structured differently.
  • Tell students that today they will be learning about three sentence structures.