Joining Forces: Combining Sentences with Conjunctions [Sentence Expansion Series]


Listen to the full episode to hear how using conjunctions helps with sentence expansion:

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been discussing different strategies that help with sentence expansion. In today’s episode, I’m sharing the third strategy in this series. Just like the previous two strategies, you might have already talked about and taught this particular skill, but I challenge you to intentionally have your students use it in their writing. Using conjunctions to combine sentences is the topic I’m discussing today, along with the different types and ways to use them in student writing. 

So we’re on the same page, conjunctions are words that link other words, phrases, and clauses together. For students to have success using conjunctions to expand their sentences, they need to have an understanding of what they are and what each conjunction means. Therefore, I highlight three different types of conjunctions and further explain their purpose and examples of how to use them when combining sentences. Just like with the other two strategies, I provide action steps on how to implement them in your classroom, along with sample sentences you can directly use with your students. 

In wanting students to develop and grow in sentence writing, using conjunctions is the perfect way to achieve that. Conjunctions combine ideas and allow for more complex expression and communication when speaking or in written form. After today’s episode, using conjunctions is another strategy you can use with your students to help expand their sentences. Stay tuned to next week’s episode for another strategy to add to your toolbox!

In this episode on using conjunctions with sentence expansion, I share:
  • What conjunctions are and the importance they have in combining sentences 
  • The three different types of conjunctions, what they are, and their purpose
  • 5 action steps to take to successfully implement this strategy into your writing block
  • My challenge to you as it pertains to conjunctions and having students practice them in writing more  
  • Preview of what’s to come on next week’s episode on sentence expansion
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Hey, I'm Megan!

I am a literacy specialist and curriculum designer who loves sharing tips and ideas to help students thrive in literacy! It brings me joy to await those a-ha moments and to see light bulbs turn on!

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