Lesson Plan

Fragment or Sentence?

This lesson includes a bunch of hands-on activities to get little writers excited about complete sentences. After learning about subjects and predicates, students will tackle the challenge of writing their own sentences and fragments.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to distinguish between complete sentences and sentence fragments.


(15 minutes)
  • Begin the lesson by strengthening all students' ability to identify a subject and a predicate through review.
  • Display your anchor chart.
  • Discuss the definitions of subject and predicate.
  • Ask student volunteers to help you create a list of five simple *subjects.
  • Write this list on the board.
  • Ask student volunteers to help you create a list of five predicates.
  • Write your list of predicates directly next to your list of subjects
  • Once the list is complete, call on students to come up to the list and draw a line from one of the subjects to a predicate to create a sentence.
  • Reinforce the rule that a complete sentence must have a subject and a predicate.