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Run-on Sentences: The Quest Begins

This is the intro to the next "Quest" (between quiz and a test) for my 8th graders.

David Stevens

on 28 August 2013

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Transcript of Run-on Sentences: The Quest Begins

you did it
and you have mastered the Comma Quest
and you have learned all about those tricky comma rules
now all is well in Grammar Land
except for one little problem
about this whole congratulation speech
that frustrates me
because I have forgotten all the periods.
Alas, a new Quest! Get ready for run-on sentences!
Don't be afraid. You have your trusty "comma" sense and handy-dandy period to aid you.
Sentences that go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on . . .
Run-on sentences are very hard for your reader to understand.
marks the end of the sentence
shows where one idea ends and the other begins
Buffalo Wild Wings is a popular restaurant many people eat there.
Buffalo Wild Wings is a popular restaurant
Many People eat there.
Periods. Use them.
. . . or would you rather do this:
Diagramming Run-ons!
should use
would be
were we
talking about again?
So that is how you fix run-on sentences and you should now be able to conquer any run-on that you encounter and you will never need to use your "comma" sense. Hey, what's missing?
poor, lonely comma
Yay, commas!
Remember: Two complete sentences cannot be seperated by a comma.
The pterodactyl flies in circles and he looks for nom-noms.
The pterodactyl flies in circles, and he looks for nom-noms.
The pterodactyl flies in circles. He looks for nom-noms.
The pterodactyl flies in circles, looking for nom-noms.
Before you get started on your Run-on Sentence Quest, remember:
Sometimes when a sentence gets revved up, it's hard for the writer to know when to stop because many ideas are bubbling to the surface, and all the ideas seem related to each other and, therefore, appropriate to be included in the same sentence, and the sentence ends up going on and on . . . and on and on for what seems like forever so that, meanwhile, the poor, unsuspecting reader has almost no idea what's happening, can't remember what was happening at the beginning of the sentence, can't forsee where all this is heading, and wonders if maybe the writer's keyboard has a jammed period key (which it doesn't, and the period key is crying-it wants to be wanted) and that's why there's never an end to the world's longest (and the universe's second most confusing) sentence, and it would be the universe's most confusing except for this, which actually is the longest and most confusing sentence in all of history: Once upon a time long ago in the land of ridiculously long sentences . . . (yikes!)
When one idea is complete, use a period. When a short group of thoughts or ideas are complete, end the paragraph and start a new one.
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