Guide to Grammar & Writing: Run-on Sentences and Comma Splices
Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required
Website Example: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/runons.htm
Computer(s), Internet access, projector
In this activity, students learn about run-on sentences. Students are given a pre-test, taught the concepts, and quizzed at the end to evaluate comprehension.
- Be sure students are familiar with the following terms and concepts before conducting this activity: clauses (independent and dependent), coordinating conjunctions, semicolons, and pronouns.
- Review the Run-on Sentences PowerPoint (select the PowerPoint icon on the Web page)
- Download and print the Pretest Results Example Document (above) for each student.
- Download and print the Run-on Sentences Example Document (above) for each student.
- Introduce the topic and distribute the Pretest Results document to each student. Direct them to, and have them take the run-on sentences pre-test . Have students select the "My Totals, Please!" button at the bottom of the page when they are finished and complete the Pretest Results handout to identify their weakness(es).
- Introduce the concept of run-on sentences with the PowerPoint presentation. Be sure to connect the material with the weaknesses identified in the pre-test to help students focus on their particular weaknesses.
- Distribute and review the Run-on Sentences document. Again, be sure to connect the material with the weaknesses identified in the pre-test to help students focus on their particular weaknesses.
- Direct students to the four online quizzes, making sure to closely monitor student progress (as there is often more than one correct answer): Avoiding Comma Splices , Avoiding Comma Splices II , Repairing Run-on Sentences , and Fragments and Run-on Sentences .
- Students who need more practice should be directed online information on Run-on Sentences and encouraged to navigate through sections 2-10.
- This is an incredible resource for writing teachers. The site offers in-depth explanations (and sometimes PowerPoint presentations) and accompanying quizzes on a large number of writing-related topics that are categorized by Word & Sentence Level, Paragraph Level, and Essay & Research Paper Level.
- Intermediate Low
- Intermediate High