What exactly is a run-on sentence? Run-on sentences occur when two or more independent clauses are not correctly joined by proper punctuation or linking words. In essence, they’re ‘improper sentences’. These handy activities will help your students identify independent clauses and ‘fix’ their run-on sentences in no time! Learning this English technique will improve their ability to write clear and coherent sentences that aren’t dragged out.
1. Fix the Sentences
This worksheet displays a selection of ‘broken’ sentences that students are required to fix. There provide handy explanations and a few different types of ‘run on’ sentences for students to identify and then correct to develop their writing process.
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2. Play a Game
Add an interactive element to your English lesson and segment several run-on sentence examples. Students can edit sentences; correct grammar and amend punctuation. Students can discuss their answers with a friend and explain why they chose to edit in a certain way.
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3. A YouTube Tutorial
This child-friendly video explains what exactly a run-on sentence is and how to correct them. This would be great for home-school or remote learning students, or even as a fun introduction to this topic in the physical classroom!
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4. Adding conjunctions and punctuation
This is another handy grammar sheet to check student understanding or use as a filler activity after an English lesson. These will require students to add in necessary conjunctions and punctuation to correct the run-on sentence.
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5. Lolly Stick Sentences
This is an easy-to-organize activity that allows students to construct sentences and clearly displays their understanding of proper punctuation and linking words. Students must match the subject and predicate popsicle sticks in this hands-on activity.
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6. Fabulous Freebie
This great game incorporates a simple heads and tails coin flip to see which part of the activity card the students will complete. On each card, the students are required to identify if it’s a run-on, a sentence fragment, or a proper sentence to really embed grammatical concepts!
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7. Online Drag-and-drop
This resource provides a fun way to teach grammar! The online worksheet allows learners to drag and drop various independent sentences into the correct parts of the grid. It has an audio version which is perfect for children with additional needs.
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This is a competitive whole-class game. Split your class into two teams and play this fun run-on sentence quiz. In teams, students need to fix the list of sentences to earn points to win!
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9. Learn From the Experts
This comprehensive lesson plan is tailored for older students and provides several ways in which to teach this concept in a classroom setting. Using index cards, markers, and some broken ‘run on’ sentences, it’s the student’s job to fix these and present them to the class.
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10. Home Learning Activities
Using Khan Academy, students can rewatch and learn the lesson and answer follow-up questions to track the progress of their developing knowledge of run-on sentences. They can identify sentence errors and amend them.
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