An Introduction to Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
Students will be able to differentiate between three different sentence structures.
- 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.