Let’s Build a Sentence Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Let’s Build a Sentence Unit Plan

10 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 1 - 2

This English unit has been designed to introduce the key components of simple and compound sentences to younger students; specifically, capital letters and punctuation; verbs, nouns, adjectives and conjunctions.

It consists of 10 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An independent writing task, which may couple as an assessment task, is included in the unit.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To identify that a simple sentence is a group of words that contains a subject, a verb, and expresses a complete thought.
  • To identify that a verb describes an action in clauses or sentences.
  • To identify that a noun is a naming word used for a person, place, or object.
  • To identify that capital letters and different types of punctuation are used to build sentences.
  • To identify that capital letters and punctuation are used to build sentences.
  • To identify how to build a simple sentence.
  • To identify that an adjective provides information about a noun and is often called a describing word.
  • To use adjectives to describe the appearance and personality of a character.
  • To identify that a compound sentence is made up of two or more main clauses joined together by a conjunction.
  • To write simple and compound sentences.

Preparing for Learning

Prior to commencing the unit, develop a grammar display in the classroom. Display posters and learning goals that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Grammar topic on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

What is a Sentence?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify that a simple sentence is a group of words that contains a subject, a verb and expresses a complete thought.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Very Important Verbs

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify that a verb describes an action in clauses or sentences.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Common and Proper Nouns

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify that a noun is a naming word used for a person, place or object.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Capital Letters and Punctuation

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify that capital letters and different types of punctuation are used to build sentences.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Capital Letters and Punctuation - Fix It!

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify that capital letters and punctuation are used to build sentences.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Building Simple Sentences

A 60 minute lesson in which students will build a simple sentence.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Using Adjectives

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify that an adjective provides information about a noun and is often called a describing word.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Using Adjectives to Describe a Character

A 60 minute lesson in which students will use adjectives to describe the personality and appearance of characters.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Building Compound Sentences

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify that a compound sentence is made up of two or more main clauses joined together by a conjunction.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Let's Build a Sentence

A 60 minute lesson in which students will write simple and compound sentences.

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  • VCELA190

    Recognise that different types of punctuation, including full stops, question marks and exclamation marks, signal sentences that make statements, ask questions, express emotion or give commands

  • VCELA178

    Identify the parts of a simple sentence that represent ‘What’s happening?’, ‘Who or what is involved?’ and the surrounding circumstances

  • VCELA214

    Understand that simple connections can be made between ideas by using a compound sentence with two or more clauses usually linked by a coordinating conjunction

  • VCELA179

    Explore differences in words that represent people, places and things (nouns, including pronouns), happenings and states (verbs), qualities (adjectives) and details such as when, where and how (adverbs)

  • VCELA216

    Understand that nouns represent people, places, things and ideas and include common, proper, concrete or abstract, and that noun groups/phrases can be expanded using articles and adjectives

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELA1451

    Identify the parts of a simple sentence that represent ‘What’s happening?’, ‘What state is being described?’, ‘Who or what is involved?’ and the surrounding circumstancesElaborationsknowing that, in terms of ...

  • ACELA1467

    Understand that simple connections can be made between ideas by using a compound sentence with two or more clauses usually linked by a coordinating conjunctionElaborationslearning how to express ideas using compound sentences (Skills: Literacy, Criti...

  • ACELA1452

    Explore differences in words that represent people, places and things (nouns, including pronouns), happenings and states (verbs), qualities (adjectives) and details such as when, where and how (adverbs)Elaborationstalking about effective words that d...

  • ACELA1468

    Understand that nouns represent people, places, concrete objects and abstract concepts; that there are three types of nouns: common, proper and pronouns; and that noun groups/phrases can be expanded using articles and adjectivesElaborationsexploring ...

  • ACELA1449

    Recognise that different types of punctuation, including full stops, question marks and exclamation marks, signal sentences that make statements, ask questions, express emotion or give commandsElaborationsusing intonation and pauses in response to pu...


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