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Rather than relying on multiple choice answers, this exercise enables students to:
1. Identify if the sentence is truly a run-on sentence.
2. Rewrite run-on sentences in a variety of ways.
It will take lots of front loading (reviewing parts of speech, reteaching subject and predicate, etc.) to give my students the foundation they need before tackling those tricky run-on sentences. Modeling sentence writing, explicitly teaching the compound sentence pattern, and showing them a variety of mentor sentences helped my most recent group of fourth graders. Other tips include encouraging students to read their sentences aloud and revising drafts as they go (rather than finishing an entire draft before rereading it.)
How do you teach your students to develop sentence control? Please spread your knowledge and leave a comment!