Conventions & Grammar

Parts of Speech Review from Grammar Revolution
REVIEW: How to find the verb in a sentence

Schoolhouse Rock: “VERB – That’s What’s Happening”

Diagramming Basics by Grammar Girl

NoRedInk lessons

Diagramming Lessons from Grammar Revolution

Complete Sentences vs. Sentence Fragments

What makes a sentence complete?
What is a fragment?

Click on the below link to listen to a podcast reviewing the difference between a complete sentence and a sentence fragment. Fragments are inescapable in speech and dialogue but should be avoided in your writing. The below podcast is by the well-known writer and grammarian, Mignon Fogarty, also known as GRAMMAR GIRL.

Click on the link and then push the “play” button in the orange bar underneath the heading “Sentence Fragment” and listen to her explanations (which follow a quick advertisement).

Listen to the first **4 min. and 26 sec. of this fragment** pod-cast. You may stop the podcast at that point.
Follow along on your hand-out, which includes everything she is saying, and fill in the blanks as you go. The answers you need will be given by Grammar Girl in the podcast. Pause the audio if you can’t fill in the blanks fast enough.

Note: Ms. Fogarty refers to herself as “Grammar Girl” and speaks with another character named “Sir Fragalot.”

The Run-on Sentence
Click on the below link to listen to a Grammar Girl podcast reviewing the definition of a run-on sentence. Run-ons happen to even the best writers when we create too quickly and don’t proofread thoroughly and/or get someone else to read our writing.

Listen to the first 3 min. and 25 sec. of the podcast.
Follow along on your hand-out, which includes the script. Fill in the blanks as you go.

THEN, take the below quiz. Make a note on your run-on handout about your score and be ready to share it in class on Monday.

Quiz: Repairing Run-on Sentences


“School House Rock” Adverbs

Mr. Toth on Adverbs

Spelling Resources: