Common Core Language Standard 1
Good writers focus on their readers. Readers understand more of what is written when there is some sentence variety. If every sentence is a short, simple sentence, the reader will be bored quickly. The same is true if every sentence is long.
Today’s grammar and usage lesson is on compound-complex sentences. Remember that a simple sentence has one independent clause and no dependent clause. A compound sentence has two or more independent clauses, but no dependent clauses. A complex sentence has an independent clause and at least one dependent clause.
Now let’s read the grammar and usage lesson and study the examples.
A compound-complex sentence has two or more independent clauses and a dependent clause. Example: I like him and he likes me, even if we don’t see each other very much.
Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to grammar and usage lesson.
Practice: I let them talk since I had already spent time with her and I loaded the car.
Let’s check the Practice Answers.
Grammar and Usage Practice Answers: Since I had already spent time with her, I let them talk and I loaded the car.
Now let’s apply what we have learned.
Writing Application: Write your own sentence using a compound-complex sentence.
This writing opener is part of a comprehensive language conventions lesson from the Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) Grades 4‒8 programs. Complete descriptions, instructional scopes and sequences, introductory video, previews, and two-week test drives of the grade-level teacher guides and student workbooks are available here.