Middle School
English Language Arts

Sentence Sense for Middle Schoolers

For some reason, middle school students seem to be wired to write epically long sentences. Help your students get their run-on sentence challenges under control with these great resources.
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Sentence Sense for Middle Schoolers
  • theatlantic.com

    The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

    5 minute read
    No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > There are also less immediately apparent costs to having generations of learners who associate writing only with correctness.
  • Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    Need a quick review of run-ons that will catch students' attention? This video uses the characters of Albert Einstein and a robot to cover an overview of the topic. It’s a terrific go-to video for a mini-lesson.
  • educationworld.com

    Good Grief, it's Grammar Time!

    7 minute read
    Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    Students often ask why grammar matters, and sometimes even we question why we are teaching it. This article not only gives some great teaching tips but also gives clear connections to grammar skills (including fixing run-on sentences) and standardized tests.
  • Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    This activity is such a great hands-on way to help students learn how to manage run-on sentences. My students loved being able to roll out their long sentence strips and divide up the run-on sentences into complete sentences.
  • Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    Students can't always see run-on sentences when they are looking at their own writing. A good starting point for identifying these sentences is practice activities. Chomp-Chomp's interactive practice activities include goofy sentences that help students engage and learn at the same time.
  • Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    I love this "grab-and-go" teaching resource! This Powerpoint presentation teaches the basics of run-on sentences in a fun, engaging way. It includes a section on fragment sentences that you can use or simply delete those slides.