Conjunctions: FAN BOYS and You
Students will be able to identify and create compound sentences using conjunctions.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Tell students that a compound sentence is made of two clauses, or the parts of a sentence that can stand alone.
- Show students some examples of compound sentences, and ask students to find the clauses.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Tell students that the two clauses must be joined by a comma and a conjunction word.
- Make a list of conjunctions on the board. Spell out FAN BOYS and tell students this stands for For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, and So.
- Hand out the Conjunctions worksheet.
- Instruct students to write FAN BOYS on their paper.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)
- Display the worksheet and complete the first few problems as a whole class.
- Have students complete the worksheet.
- Hand out the Clauses worksheet.
- Remind students what clauses are, using the worksheet's examples.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Have students complete the Clauses worksheet.
- Have students flip over the paper or use lined paper. Instruct them to write 5-10 compound sentences.
- Tell students that their sentences must have two independent clauses, a comma, and a conjunction.
- To make this more challenging, have students use three colored pencils to identify the three parts of the sentences.
- Enrichment: Have students use three colored pencils to identify the three separate parts of the sentences.
- Support: Give struggling students prewritten sentence strips to piece together the three parts of the compound sentence. Partner struggling students up with a peer mentor.
Assessment (7 minutes)
- Have students correct their own worksheets by displaying the answer sheets.
- Have students share one compound sentence each.
Review and Closing (3 minutes)
- Review the key terms.
- Have students ask any final questions they may have about the lesson.