Complete Sentences: Subject and Predicate

Contributor: Delaine Thomas. Lesson ID: 12466

What is this all? You will learn. In your writing. Did that make sense? How's this: What is this all about? You will learn to write complete sentences. This will help you make sense in your writing!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Do you know what this is? If you could see more of the object, would it help?

Were you able to identify the fruit pictured above?

Did you guess that it was an apple? If you were a small child and saw that picture, you might not know that it was an apple. Someone much younger who had not seen the inside but only the outside of an apple might not have been able to identify it. Something would be missing for them; they would need to see the outside of the apple in order to identify it.

In much the same way, when you write, you need to write in complete sentences. If you do not write using complete sentences, the reader will not understand what you are trying to convey. A complete sentence is a group of words that forms a complete thought. It also must have a subject and a predicate. In order to understand these terms more, watch Subject and Predicate by Ramy Melham:


Take out a piece of paper and pencil and write the definitions for complete sentence, subject, and predicate.

  • The subject of a sentence tells who or what is doing something. It contains the noun, which is a person, place, or thing.
  • The predicate is the part of the sentence that tells what the subject is doing or describes the subject.
  • Most English sentences are written in subject → predicate order.

Remember, to be a complete sentence, the words you use must form a complete thought. So even though “I want” has a subject “I” and a predicate “want,” it does not form a complete thought. It leaves you wondering, “I want what”?

Continue to the Got It! section to practice identifying complete sentences with interactives.

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