Learning Objective: To understand and recognize what a simple sentence is.
A sentence is a group of words that convey a message. Sentences are made
up of clauses. A clause is a group of words that convey one message. Simple
sentences are made up of one clause.
The 3rd grade English tutor helped the student.
The example has a capital letter at the beginning “The” and a full stop at the
end student.” that makes it a sentence.What makes it a simple sentence is
that it only conveys one message. In this case that a student is getting help
from an online tutor.
Can you think of any examples of simple sentences? Try and write five below:
(Examples: John picked up a ball. Adam likes to ride his bike.
The weather outside was horrible. The stairs are creaking.
Molly and Jessica are best friends. My online tuition is fun.)
Question 1: What is a simple sentence?
(a simple sentence is a sentence that has only one clause in it,
and so only conveys one piece of information.)
Identify the simple sentences from the table below with a tick – and the ones
that are not with a cross ✗.
|Trees grow in forests outside.||(√)||The student enjoyed having online|
|Lucy likes bananas and she likes|
|(×)||Birds fly high in the sky.||(√)|
|Summer is Peter’s favourite season|
because it is warm.
|(×)||When school was over, Laura went to|
|Jack does his homework quietly.||(√)||The student sat quietly and listened to|
Question 2: Why are the sentences you have crossed ✗ not examples
of simple sentences?
(These sentences have more than one clause and convey more
than one piece of information e.g “When school was over, Laura
went to the park”. “Laura went to the park” is a simple sentence
but “when school was over” is another clause and together it