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Writing Complete Sentences

A Minilesson

Addie Sadler

on 21 October 2013

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Writing Complete Sentences
Mini Lessons
Complete sentences
require the use of...




1. The first word of a sentence.
"The plumber came to our home."
2. Proper nouns.
"Mrs. Jones is a fantastic teacher." or "Mom is an amazing cook."
3. Titles.
"Flowers for Algernon" or
"Pirates of the Caribbean"
4. Initials and acronyms.
"I support PETA, so I don't wear fur."
1. End Punctuation

2. Commas

3. Apostrophes

4. Quotation Marks
I think horse's are beautiful. They are shiny and majestic. Sometimes, I like to ride my cousins' horses. Their name's are Blacky and Snowflake. I wear cowboy boot's and my grandfather's chaps when I ride horses.
there once was a boy
named Earl. He went to School at Sleepy eye high School. this school was where his Mother worked, too. Each day, earl's mom, rhonda, ate lasagna with Green Beans and butter. He always said, "mom, corn tastes better with Lasagna," but she didn't listen to Him. Earl's mom was a member of the pta. she wrote a paper entitled, "how to improve School lunches," but the Cooks didn't seem to care.
Find the mistakes!
Do you know my brother John. He is a very nice person. He often like's to hunt fish and play football. I think John is a very giving thoughtful and friendly guy. One day John was fishing for turtle's and a turtle snapped his fishing line. When the line snapped he said "oh snap" I was there it was really funny.
End Punctuation
One day in the near future zombies will invade Iowa. These zombies will be slimy bloody fleshy and scary. Though some of us might survive the zombie apocalypse most of us will perish. Some people like my brother are extremely prepared for the zombie apocalypse packing emergency supplies first aid kits and bottles of water.
Quotation Marks
The boy said Hey, look at that fish!
His sister responded with a smack on his hand. You're supposed to be listening, she whispered to him.
The siblings' father continued talking to his children about the mystifying trees around the pond. While speaking, he often mentioned his deceased father's famous words, There are always more fish in the sea, with tears in his eyes.
*separate the elements in a series.
"He ate an apple, a banana, and a pear."

*to connect two independent clauses.
"He hit the ball well, but he didn't make it to first base."

*to set off introductory elements.
"In order to look professional, the man wore a suit and tie."

*to set off parenthetical elements/ appositives.
"My mom, the lawyer, is very good at arguing."

*to set off quoted elements.
She said, "My brother's a ghost!"
Use Commas to...
The Subject
Capitalize the first word in every sentence.

Traditionally, the first word of a line of poetry is capitalized

Capitalize the first word of a directly quoted sentence.

Capitalize the first word in both the salutation and the closing of a letter

Capitalize the pronoun "I" and the interjection "O"
(see # 8).
Capitalizing First Words, I, and O
Worksheet due Monday
1. What did the soldier tell Peyton Farquhar?

2. From which state was Peyton Farquhar?

3. What were Peyton and his wife doing when the soldier approached them?

4. What did Peyton attempt to do to the Owl Creek Bridge?

5. What did the Union soldiers decide to do when they learned of Peyton's attempt to sabotage them?
Answer the following Questions:
Sentence: Subject + Predicate
Every complete sentence contains two parts: a subject and a predicate. The subject is what (or whom) the sentence is about, while the predicate tells something about the subject. In the following sentences, the predicate is enclosed in braces ({}), while the subject is highlighted.

Judy {runs}.
Judy and her dog {run on the beach every morning}.
Sentence: Subject + Predicate
To determine the subject of a sentence, first isolate the verb and then make a question by placing "who?" or "what?" before it -- the answer is the subject.

The audience littered the theatre floor with torn wrappings and spilled popcorn.

The verb in the above sentence is "littered." Who or what littered? The audience did. "The audience" is the subject of the sentence. The predicate (which always includes the verb) goes on to relate something about the subject: what about the audience? It "littered the theater floor with torn wrappings and spilled popcorn."
What's a noun?
What's a concrete noun?
What's an abstract noun?
What's a proper noun?
What's a compound noun?
Collective noun?
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