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Grammar Bytes: Fragments

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.chompchomp.com/

Website Example: http://www.chompchomp.com/exercises.htm#Fragments

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, projector (for class presentation)

Activity Description

In this activity, students practice their skills in identifying sentence fragments. There are seven interactive exercises each with its own worksheet. Most exercises have twenty questions. This activity works well in a computer lab or as a classroom presentation.

Grammar Bytes is a contemporary looking site with an Index of Grammar Terms, Interactive Exercises with accompanying Handouts For students, and Grammar Rules. It includes PowerPoint presentations which will cut down on your preparation time and a few YouTube videos. Makes a difficult topic enjoyable.

Grammar Bytes exercises cover the follow topics:

  • Comma Splices &Fused Sentences
  • Fragments
  • Irregular Verbs
  • Commas
  • Parallel Structure
  • Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
  • Apostrophes
  • Pronoun Agreement
  • Pronoun Case
  • Pronoun Reference
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Word Choice

Preparation

  1. Make sure the site is not blocked at your school.
  2. Preview the site. It includes terms, exercises, handouts, and PowerPoint presentations; however, this activity focuses on fragment exercises.
  3. Decide which exercises you will use.
  4. Download and print the worksheets needed for the selected exercises.
  5. Create a formative quiz to check for understanding.

How-To

  1. Introduce the topic of sentence fragments.
  2. Discuss the topic in class.
  3. Present the Example Web Site (link above) and explain how it works.
  4. Go over the handout.
  5. Do the first three questions in the exercise as a class. Be sure to point out the explanation link.
  6. If you have access to a computer lab, allow students to work individually or in pairs.
  7. Give a formative quiz to check for understanding.
  8. Fill in any gaps in understanding and assign another exercise if necessary.

Teacher Tips

  • Review the exercise questions to make sure you agree with the answers.

More Ways

  • Divide the class into groups and have teams play against each other to answer each exercise question. This works well if you only have one computer and a projector.

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English Language Arts

  • English 1-4
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.