July 22, 2015
by Caitlin Fahey

Lesson plan

Conjunctions: FAN BOYS and You

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Students will be able to identify and create compound sentences using conjunctions.

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(7 minutes)
  • Have students correct their own worksheets by displaying the answer sheets.
  • Have students share one compound sentence each.
(3 minutes)
  • Review the key terms.
  • Have students ask any final questions they may have about the lesson.

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