One of 7th grade Language standards is learning the different sentence types: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex.
We’ve been working on this a lot, but some students are still not seeing the pattern. I created this flowchart for them, and it seems to be helping.
Sometimes students can figure this out by following formulas:
Ind. = Simple
Ind + Ind = Compound
Ind + Dep = Complex
Ind + Ind + Dep = Compound- Complex
This flowchart provides a visual and a series of choices and steps for students to follow. We made a small copy for each student to paste in their journal. Now the trick is to get them to reference them!