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Grade 03 ELA - EC: E03.D.1.1.9

Grade 03 ELA - EC: E03.D.1.1.9

Continuum of Activities

Continuum of Activities

The list below represents a continuum of activities: resources categorized by Standard/Eligible Content that teachers may use to move students toward proficiency. Using LEA curriculum and available materials and resources, teachers can customize the activity statements/questions for classroom use.

This continuum of activities offers:

  • Instructional activities designed to be integrated into planned lessons
  • Questions/activities that grow in complexity
  • Opportunities for differentiation for each student’s level of performance

Activities

 

  1. Read the groups of words. Decide if they are sentences or fragments.
  1. Read the sentences. Label them simple or compound.
  1. Combine the two simple sentences to create a compound sentence. Use a conjunction to connect the two simple sentences.
  1. Add a dependent clause to the independent clause to create a complex sentence.
  1. Write a narrative paragraph about the following topic. Use at least two simple, two compound, and two complex sentences in your writing.
  1. Read the following passage. Identify any compound or complex sentences. Explain why the author chose to combine simple sentences or simple sentences with dependent clauses to form these. How did it improve the writing?

Answer Key/Rubric

  1. Students will read groups of words to determine if they are sentences or fragments. They will be checking to see a subject, predicate, and a complete thought.
  1. Students will read sentences to decide if they are simple or compound. They should be checking to see how many independent clauses are in the sentences. They should also recognize the use of conjunctions in the compound sentences.
  1. Students will create compound sentences by combining two simple sentences. They should use an appropriate conjunction and commas when necessary.
  1. Students will create a dependent clause to connect to an independent clause to create a complex sentence. They should use a subordinating conjunction and know when to use a comma when combining the clauses.
  1. Students will be given a topic to write a narrative paragraph. They should use sentence variety as they write. They should include the required simple, compound, and complex sentences. Sentences should be strategically placed to make it more interesting to the reader.
  1. Students will identify the compound and complex sentences. They will discuss the connection between the clauses that were combined and how they work together to improve comprehension. They should discuss possible cause and effect relationships portrayed by these sentences. They should then discuss how using sentence variety makes the writing more interesting to read.
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