if, unless, whether [or not] (to give comparisons)
as, as [adjective] as, (to show major contrast)
whereas (to show slight contrast)
COMPOUND SENTENCES :
… is a set of linked or coordinated clauses.
The clauses give information of equal weighting. Only the sequence in the sentence suggests the order of importance.
They are usually linked by words such as and, or, but, and not only … but also.
Basic coordinators for sentences : FANBOYS for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so
Suggested Year Level
1 2 3
My design: talking dinosaur: create own text
Design a talking dinosaur to present at show and tell. Create your dinosaur by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your dinosaur. Decide on a name that suits your talking dinosaur. Add a note about your dinosaur. Watch the animation. You can change your design as many times as you like. Evaluate the impact of your design by using icons and adding your opinion. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.
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Help a dragon remember what happened in his dream. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 'to begin with', 'after that' and 'last of all' to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed story, then help the dragon to finish two more recounts. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.
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Edit a comic book story about an adventure where a couple spend a day fishing from a boat, but then get stranded. Look closely at the narrative and make it more exciting and complete. Choose an ending. Improve the story by adding adjectives, choosing verbs and linking sentences using text connectives. Choose a title and image for the cover. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.
Meet a teacher who came to Australia from Vietnam as a young girl. Learn about her family, the country she came from and her experiences in Australia. Build a factual recount of her life story. Choose adjectives to enhance factual details, forming sentences such as 'We travelled on a small, leaky boat with many other people'.
Examine a model newspaper report to learn about structure and use of pronouns. Read and listen to two witness reports of a skateboarding accident. Identify the two different points of view. Arrange paragraphs for the newspaper report. Select suitable pronouns for the report. Create a headline and choose a photograph. This learning object is one in a series of five objects. Three objects in the series are also packaged as a combined learning object.
Examine a model newspaper report to learn about structure and use of verbs, adverbial phrases and pronouns. Read and listen to two witness reports of a skateboarding accident. Identify the two different points of view. Arrange paragraphs for the newspaper report. Select suitable verbs and adverbial phrases for the report. Create a headline and choose a photograph. This learning object is a combination of three objects in a series of five objects.
Watch a short cartoon about a close encounter with an alien spaceship. Select language elements to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the elements to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adverbs and adjectives to make the recount clearer and scarier. Combine simple sentences using conjunctions. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.
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A lesson plan idea on using connectives with student reading and writing. Includes a list of all connectives and sentences starters.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/magickey/adventures/index.shtml has fun literacy games for kindergarten and first grade students. The games help students practice full stops (sentence endings), sentence order, questions, character characteristics, capital letters, seeing patterns, figuring out new words, descriptions, and words that make sounds.