Can I Start a Sentence With a Coordinating Conjunction?

 

 

We had an interesting conversation in my high school creative writing class this week. One of the students started a sentence with and, and, of course, the more grammarly types thought that he should not.

 

Being the kind of teacher who does not like to let any potential lesson pass, I delved in. That is what I would like to “teach” here today–but first let’s go back to those earlier lessons on compound sentences and comma use–and, of course, what a coordinating conjunction is to begin with.

 

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Creating Compound Sentences With Coordinating Conjunctions (Live Video AND Tricky Trick Download!)

 

 

 

“Conjunction Junction—what’s your function?”

 

Did you start to sing along? Can you picture the images?

 

How old are you????? Lol

 

Most kids today are not raised on “School House Rock,” which is such a shame! Because you really can’t forget the songs, jingles, rhymes—and dare I say—rules learned from those little ditties. (You can still find them on YouTube!)

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Punctuation Puzzle: Led vs. Lead & Alot vs. A lot

Punctuation Puzzle: Led vs. Lead, Alot vs A Lot

By Zac Kieser and Donna Reish

Today we have a PUNCTUATION PUZZLE—plus a couple of other errors for you to find!

 

The shepherd lead them to the brook and they drank alot, because they were very, hot, and thirsty.

 

Here is the answer with an explanation for each aspect below:

The shepherd led them to the brook, and they drank a lot because they were very hot and thirsty.

 

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Punctuation Puzzle: George Washington Carver—Compound Sentences!

Punctuation Puzzle: George Washington Carver—Compound Sentences!

By Zac Kieser and Donna Reish

I’m bringing back the Punctuation Puzzle! Many readers said they enjoyed these puzzles….so I will be bringing you one each week. (I love them too!)

For your Character Ink Cottage Class kids and others with upper level students, do these with them! They will be so good for their grammar and usage skill development!

 

Here’s the Puzzle:

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Compound Sentences with FANBOYS—Middle School Lesson Video

Video Compound Sentences with FANBOYS

 

There are hard ways to learn things. And there are easy ways to learn things. Teaching is in my blood. Love for students runs deep within me.

 

Those two things combined make me want to ALWAYS teach students the easy way to learn things.

 

Life is hard already. Let’s make grammar as easy as we possibly can. And for sure, let’s teach things that students actually need and use in real writing.

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