Subject: ELA (English Language Arts), ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Conjunctions

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will practice using conjunctions to combine sentences.

Know Before You Start: This lesson is intended to reinforce the idea of using conjunctions to combine sentences. Use this activity as practice, or an informal assessment tool.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic. Focus on how the sentences have been combined to create one sentence by including a conjunction.
  • Explain that the most common conjunctions are and, but, and so.


  • Instruct students to combine the sentences below by using the conjunction and, but, or so. Remind students that when we are combining two complete sentences, we need to place a comma before the conjunction.
  • The rain is very heavy, so the game will be canceled today.
  • Emma has one sister and she has three cousins.
  • I do not like pasta but I do like pizza.
  • Have students create a "Conjunction Comic" to demonstrate their conjunction skills on sentences they’ve created on their own.


  • Go over student answers as a class.
  • Have students present their comics to the class or to a partner.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Print out the sample comic and have students highlight the conjunctions they used.
  • Differentiate the conjunctions used based on need and classroom focus. For example, advanced students can be introduced to subordinating conjunctions such as: after, as, therefore, whenever, until, since.


  • Comic to print or display

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