Persuasive Writing: Sentence Structure

Contributor: Delaine Thomas. Lesson ID: 12323

Do you need to learn how to avoid writing run-on sentences because they can weary or confuse your reader so you don't make a lot of sense and sound silly and blow it big-time then read on and get it!

categories

Writing

subject
English / Language Arts
learning style
Visual
personality style
Lion
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:

How do you feel after a long run down the road or on a track or across a long field where you are pumping your legs and your feet are pounding the pavement while your heart is racing and your earbuds keep falling out because you are running so hard and you are sweating and begin to smell kind of bad and your clothes are soaked making them feel heavier? Tired? Weary? If so, you will understand this lesson very well!

Persuasive writing is writing that is used to convince someone to agree with your point of view or act upon something.

Before moving on, you can review or complete the previous Related Lessons found in the right-hand sidebar.

No matter what type of writing you are doing, it is very important to write complete sentences and avoid writing sentence fragments or run-on sentences.

Take out a piece of paper and pencil. As you watch Run-on Sentences and Fragments- Time4Writing.com, take notes on what a fragment and run-on sentence are and how to fix them:

 

Did you find out what a sentence fragment is? If you said that it is not a complete sentence because it is missing the naming part (subject) or the telling part (verb), then you are correct! A sentence fragment does not make a complete thought — it leaves part of the information out of the sentence.

Look at the following sentences and see if you can guess what is missing:

 

Remember, it is very important to write complete sentences so your audience does not get confused by the "holes" left from the information that you did not give them.

When you start writing, do you tend to just write on and on without using any punctuation marks? A lot of young people do this and it is easy to fix. When you do your revisions for a piece, look for run-on sentences. Make sure your paragraphs are not just one great big long sentence without punctuation marks.

Read the paragraph out loud to yourself and listen for when the thought is complete. It should have a subject and a verb and make a complete thought.

Look at the paragraph below. Read it out loud to yourself to see if you can decide where end punctuations and new capital letters should go:

A long time ago in a land far away there lived a princess this princess was a very sweet and kind princess she was never rude and never said anything mean to anyone even if they were rude to her one day a little boy came up to the princess and asked, “Why are you so nice to everyone” the princess replied, “Because that is how I want to be treated the little boy thought about that for a while and said, “I want to do that too” the princess smiled at him and he went on his way.

Were you able to pick out places where you could add punctuation marks? Look at the corrected paragraph, and see if you were able to pick the correct places.

A long time ago in a land far away, there lived a princess. This princess was a very sweet and kind princess. She was never rude or mean to anyone, even if they were rude to her. One day, a little boy came up to the princess and asked, “Why are you so nice to everyone?” The princess replied, “Because that is how I want to be treated.” The little boy thought about that for a while and said, “I want to do that, too.” The princess smiled at him and he went on his way.

There are other ways to fix run-on sentences, such as inserting a conjunction or by inserting a colon or semi-colon. Before moving on to the next section, tell your teacher or parent what a sentence fragment is and how to fix a run-on sentence.

Now, move on to the Got It? section to practice fixing sentence fragments and run-on sentences.

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