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.

Hook:

  • 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.

Activity: 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.

Closure:

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

Differentiation:

  • Print out the sample comic and have students highlight the conjunctions they used.
  • Allow students to work in pairs.

Differentiate the conjunctions used based on need and classroom focus. E.g., advanced students can be introduced to subordinating conjunctions such as: After, as, therefore, whenever, until, since.

Resources:

  • Comic to print or display: Comic.