Ways to Combine Sentences
Take two sentences and make a compound sentence
Example: Water at Big Bear Lake is cold, and swimming is discouraged.
Insert modifiers, adjectives or adverbs, to combine sentences
Example: Swimming in the cold water is discouraged
Use a prepositional phrase to combine sentences
Example: Near Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas, Big Bear, California is easily accessible.
List items in a series to combine sentences
Example: Park rangers encourage boating, fishing, and kayaking
Use a subordinating conjunction to combine sentences:
Example: Unless you want to sleep at a rest stop using railroad ties as firewood, plan ahead.
Use a dependent clause beginning with a relative pronoun (which, that, whom, whose, or who):
Example: Big Bear Lake, which sits 7,000 feet above sea level, is home to great fishing, kayaking, and boating.
Use participial phrases to combine sentences:
Examples: Planning ahead eliminates the need to sleep at rest stops and the need to use railroad ties as firewood.
- Instruct students to combine sentences using the above techniques.
- Paragraph challenges motivate students to write well.
- As groups of students share their revisions, have them identify the technique. Write the examples (not the ones I provided) on the board as you review.
* This lesson was inspired by Mini Lessons for Revision by Susan Geye, 1997, Absey & Co. Spring, TX.