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    By Mary

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    Here is an idea. Please don't laugh. I use this idea to teach dependent clauses and it's fairly successful:

    Write several sentence beginnings on sentence strips (The items on Joe's to-do list were, Some of the stuff I want for Christmas is, Here are some reasons why we should have better lunches in the cafeteria, etc.) Then make a colon on a large index card. Then finish your sentences (lists) on more sentence strips. Now, let the kids be little human sentence fragments. Call them, in order, to the front of the room and have them hold their sentence strip in front of them. Have the class write down each sentence that is formed. So you have: (speaking of colons :-))Here are some reasons why we should have better lunches in the cafeteria: Kids would eat more, it would help us grow, we wouldn't feel sick, we might feel like going to lunch. Or: Some of the stuff I want for Christmas: a bike, a radio, peace on earth. Or have the kids make lists in one group and have the other kids make sentence beginnings. Choose two kids to act as colons (hmmm)and let them put together funny sentences for the class, lists that sound funny with the sentence starter they were given. This is good for kids who learn best by moving and is a darn sight better than doing #1-15 in the book. It also does not have to be graded. When in the classroom, you will appreciate that more than you could possibly imagine now (you said it was for a college class; I assume you mean you're going to school to be a teacher). If your class requires you to design an assessment, have them complete (on paper) a sentence that you start; they would also need to place the colon correctly. I use this for teaching dependent clauses (which is hard for them to grasp). The dependent clause gets to elbow and push their way into the sentence--after we talk about not hurting anyone, and being gentle with each other. I probably would not use this above the sixth grade; it's a little young, I think, for the older kids. For those kids? I don't know, sixth is the highest grade I've taught. I hope this helps.

    You can also do this to teach complete sentences vs. sentence fragments vs. run-on sentences.



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