Review Video & Follow These Instructional Guidelines
Run-Ons occur when multiple thoughts or ideas occur in one sentence. Run-ons commonly lack punctuation, but can be easily corrected. The GrammarSong video “Run-Ons” contains a memorable story line in which a young man speaks in a run-on fashion. His father helps him analyze his words and punctuation, and the errors are visually discussed and fixed within the video. On the chorus of the song, I invite my students to stand and run in place, to add an element of movement to make our learning more memorable.
- Complete grammar sheet “Identifying Run-Ons (Introductory).”
- Extra Engagement: Print out and cut the sentences from “Identifying Run-Ons (Introductory)" apart from one another to create a cooperative sorting activity. Invite small groups or partner pairs to analyze each sentence and decide whether or not it is a run-on. When all partners or groups are finished sorting, have a whole group discussion and checking session. Be sure to encourage students to explain exactly why or why not they considered a specific sentence to be a run-on.
- Review grammar sheet “Identifying Run-Ons (Introductory).” (Complete “hands-on” activity suggestion listed in Third Grade Recommendations if helpful.) Complete grammar sheet “Editing for Run-Ons (Intermediate).”
- Complete grammar sheets “Editing for Run-ons (Intermediate)” and “Editing for Run-Ons (Upper Level).”