chapter  5
13 Pages

Using Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex Sentences

WithSean Ruday

This chapter discusses the grammatical concepts of simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences, focusing on the idea that each one of these sentence types is a tool that an author would use purposefully and strategically. It begins by describing the features and attributes of simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences. After that, the chapter discusses the importance of each of these sentence types to effective writing, providing published examples to illustrate their impact. Next, the chapter presents a classroom snapshot section, which describes the author’s experience teaching this concept to a seventh-grade class. The chapter then provides key recommendations for teaching students about simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences. It ends with a bulleted list of final thoughts on this topic.