WHAT MAKES A SENTENCE NEEDS THREE THINGS… 1 The words make sense and express a complete thought. 2 It begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop, exclamation mark or question mark. 3 It contains a predicate, and a subject. The predicate, or verb tells what the subject, or noun, is doing. WHAT IS A SIMPLE SENTENCE? WHAT IS A SIMPLE SENTENCE? The most basic type of sentence is the simple sentence, which contains only one clause. A simple sentence can be as short as one word. EXAMPLES OF SIMPLE SENTENCES Melt! Ice melts. The ice melts quickly. The ice on the river melts quickly under the warm March sun. Lying exposed without its blanket of snow, the ice on the river melts quickly under the warm March sun. WRITE A SIMPLE SENTENCE FOR THIS PICTURE COMPOUND SENTENCES A compound sentence is when you join two sentences together using a conjunction. The most common conjunctions are; and, although, because, but, if, or, thought, where, whether. Conjunctions that indicate time are; before, until, since, when, whenever, while. EXAMPLES OF COMPOUND Examples: Amanda wore the red dress and it was dirty . Amanda wore the red dress because it was dirty. Amanda wore the red dress before it was dirty WRITE A COMPOUND SENTENCE COMPLEX SENTENCES Complex sentences are made up of one main idea that is supported by one or more related ideas. The main ideas does not need to come first. Complex sentences need punctuation, usually commas. WHERE DOES THE PUNCTUATION GO? It was a beautiful summer’s day as Alan, with his prize held high, paced towards the pier. It was a beautiful summer’s day (probably the hottest that year) as Alan paced towards the pier. It was a beautiful summer’s day as Alan paced with a bounce in his step- towards the pier. WRITE A COMPLEX SENTENCE FOR THE PICTURE. WHY DO WE NEED TO USE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SENTENCES? Can you and your buddy find: 1 good simple sentence 1 good compound sentence 1 good complex sentence You are going to have 10 minutes to write about this picture any way you want. Try and remember about simple, compound and complex sentences.