Run-ons and Comma Splices
We will take notes on the video and play a few games to practice. You may have to play the HTML versions of these games.
A run-on is a sentence in which two or more independent clauses (i.e complete sentences) are joined without an appropriate punctuation or conjunction for example: It is nearly half past five we cannot reach town before dark.
Sentence fragments are groups of words that look like sentences, but aren't. To be a sentence, groups of words need to have at least one independent clause. An independent clause is any group of words that contain both a subject and a verb and can stand on its own. For example, 'I like cheeseburgers' is an independent clause.
Sentence fragments never have independent clauses, but instead are dependent clauses or phrases. Fragments can masquerade as real sentences because they begin with a capital letter and end with a period. If you read them more closely, you'll see that fragments don't form a complete thought. A sentence fragment is a little like having only half of the pieces to a puzzle. Without all the pieces, you won't have the whole picture.
Examples and Revisions
Read the Newsela article in your binder about YOLO. Complete the annotations and take the quiz.
Afterwards, you will complete a summary activity with a small group. I will pick your group.