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Good writing skills are critical for today’s students and the teaching of writing is a high priority for Toolooa State High School.
As part of this focus the whole school is currently looking at sentence types including simple, compound and complex.
Using different sentence types provides variety and complexity to writing. Being able to identify and use sentence types can improve writing and is also one of the NAPLAN criteria.
In pursuit of this teachers are currently being upskilled regarding sentence types so that it can be taught and applied consistently across all subject areas. This work has started in Year 8 Literacy and some curriculum classrooms and it will continue being rolled out during the remainder of 2015 and throughout 2016.
A quick lesson in sentence types . . .
Simple sentence - contains a noun and a verb. It expresses a single complete thought that can stand on its own. A clause that can stand alone in a simple sentence is called an independent clause.
For example:
The baby cried for food.
She loved the dancing.
Compound sentence - contains two independent clauses (simple sentences) joined by a FANBOYS conjunction. FANBOYS is an acronym for the following conjunctions: For, And , Nor/Not, But, Or, Yet, So.
For example:
They ran for their mothers, but they could not get away.
Was he human, or was he still an immortal at heart?
Complex sentence - contains one independent clause plus one dependent clause. A dependant clause is an incomplete sentence that does not make sense on its own. It needs an independent clause in order for it to make sense.
I really didn’t like the play although the acting was very good.
After twenty years, he still had feelings for her.
The car swerved to miss Mrs Jackson who had slipped off the pavement.