Monday, November 14, 2011

Learn to Write a Compound Sentence!





Mrs. Ranney's students are always trying to improve their writing skills.

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 A compound sentence:
  1. Combines two shorter sentences (so has TWO subjects)
  2. Joins the two sentences with  a conjunction (and, or, but, so)
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Here are some sample compound sentences, and they are all about Thanksgiving!
(Hey, that's a compound sentence!)  


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Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, and many families gather for a traditional feast. 


In 1620, the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, but they had really 
planned a trip to Virginia. 



The Massachusetts winter was extremely cold and harsh, so everyone 
had to work together to survive!



The Wampanoag Indians helped the struggling Pilgrims, so they were able to harvest crops for their first feast!
  

Modern Americans dine on turkey and stuffing at home, or they make a 
reservation at a local restaurant.

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Comment Challenge!
In the comment section, tell about your plans for Thanksgiving. Be sure to include at least two COMPOUND SENTENCES!
 

32 comments:

  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    My family and I are going to my grandma's house for Thanksgiving. My grandma cooks most of the food, and she orders the rest from a restaurant. We make cookies at her house, and my brother and I decorate them. After dinner we eat the cookies.

    Best wishes,
    Maya

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  2. @Maya, Great job! You wrote two wonderful compound sentences. I hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving with your grandma!

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Ranney

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  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    My family and I are having two Thanksgiving dinners next week. The first one is at my aunt's house, and the second one is at a friend's house. The good thing is that we get a whole week off from school, and the bad thing is that I can't watch T.V. during dinner. I also wish I liked turkey better!

    Yours truly,
    Nate

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  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    This year my family and I are going to my aunt's parent's house for Thanksgiving,and my step-dad Shawn's parent's are joining with us, too. Different people cook and bring many different foods, so we have a BIG buffet! I hope all of you have a great Thanksgiving!

    Yours Truly,

    Hayley

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  5. Dear Class,

    This Thanksgiving most of my family is having a feast, and it will be at my house.
    Three years ago my youngest cousin was born on Thanksgiving, and it was right in the middle of our feast.

    Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

    Yours Truly,
    Josh

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  6. Dear Class,

    Every Thanksgiving since I was a little girl, my family and I went up to my grandparents' house, so now it has become a family tradition. I see my family members, and I eat turkey or ham. I think I am going to like Thanksgiving break this year because I am going to Mammoth and then Lake Tahoe. Finally, I will go to San Jose for the family gathering.

    Regards,
    Quynh Anh ♥

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  7. @Nate and Josh,
    You both wrote wonderful comments using compound sentences!

    Nate, it is very interesting and exciting that you will be having two Thanksgiving feasts!

    Josh, it is amazing that your cousin was born in the middle of your Thanksgiving feast! Will you be celebrating your cousin's birthday this year?

    Regards,
    Mrs. Ranney

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  8. @Quynh-Anh,

    Great job! You also wrote two creative compound sentences! It sounds like you will have a very busy Thanksgiving break with all your travels!

    All the best,
    Mrs. Ranney

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  9. @Hayley,

    Great job on your two compound sentences!Your big gathering with different foods sounds wonderful!

    Regards,
    Mrs. Ranney

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  10. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    Yes we are celebrating my cousin's birthday this year, and it will be a recycling party. Somehow she learned about recycling, and she's only two years old.

    There will be a trash truck guy.


    Yours Truly,
    Josh

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  11. Wow! Josh, I am so impressed with how you responded to my question with two more compound sentences!
    I haven't ever heard of a recycling party. It sounds very earth-friendly!

    Cheers!
    Mrs. Ranney

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  12. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,
    We will celebrate Thanksgiving day with a nice dinner. My mother always prepares the salads, and my father cooks a delicious turkey with vegetables. My brother helps to prepare the table, and I mix the dough of the cake.

    Best wishes,
    Francesca

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  13. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    My family is coming to my house for Thanksgiving. My mom and I are making homemade cookies for Thanksgiving , and we're going to make homemade ice cream. The best thing about Thanksgiving is that my baby cousin is coming, and her mom has a baby.

    I would like to hear about what you are doing for Thanksgiving.
    Your friend,
    Nicole&heart;

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  14. Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,

    My family and I are going to my grandparent's house for Thanksgiving. My grandma makes the food, but my grandpa, sister, and I help too. My grandma bakes cake and cookies, and my sister and I decorate the cookies.

    Sincerely,
    Arielle

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  15. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,
    My family and I are going to my aunts house for Thanksgiving dinner.My aunt cooks the turkey, and we bring the side dishes.
    She bakes the dessert, and we help serve it. I hope all of you have a fun Thanksgiving.

    Best regards,
    Michael

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  16. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    This year my family and I are going to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving. Usually, we go to my grandparent's house in Palm Springs, and my other grandparents go with us. I will miss seeing my grandparents, but I'm excited to go to Las Vegas. Hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving feast, but don't eat too much!

    Sincerely,
    Adam♔

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  17. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    At Thanksgiving my family and I go to my aunt's house for Thanksgiving dinner. My mom and I make mashed potato, and my dad likes to make chocolate silk pie. My grandma comes to visit every Thanksgiving, and we make pumpkin bread.

    Best regards,
    Oliver

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  18. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    The day after Thanksgiving my brother, my dad, and some family friends play football at Calabasas High school. We are hoping that it will not be raining, so we will not get wet playing football. My mom has been doing the turkey bowl since she was in high school with her friends in Calabasas, so we are continuing a tradition.

    Sincerely,
    Grace

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  19. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    This Thanksgiving I am going to Florida, and most of my family is going to be there. Last year I went to San Diego, and I went ice skating on the beach! Thanksgiving is one of favorite holidays because we get to thank the Pilgrims for what they did for our country. I love to spend the holidays with my family and friends.

    Gobble, Gobble
    Bella

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  20. Dear Class,

    My family and I are going to my cousin's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Every year we get to eat delicious turkey,and I have fun playing with my cousins. My favorite Thanksgiving dish is pumpkin pie. I enjoy this holiday since it is all about being with the family,eating delicious food,and it is also about being thankful!


    Gobble Gobble,
    Eve♔

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  21. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    Thanks! I am so exited to try all sorts of new foods! Some I have NEVER tried before! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Your Student,

    Hayley

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  22. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,


    My family and I go to New Jersey every year for Thanksgiving. We stay at my aunt's house, and we help dress the turkey. We bake cookies, and we hang with my cousins.



    Have a great Thanksgiving,


    Dylan



    P.S. we also bake a cake for my sister because she is turning 13.

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  23. Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,

    I am so excited for Thanksgiving, so we invite my aunt, uncle, and cousins.My mom makes marshmellow sweet potatoes,and they come out very, very yummy.

    Cheers, Missy

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  24. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class:

    What a wonderful time of year it is...November and December!! I love the holiday season. We celebrate with loved ones and close friends. We should all be grateful for all that we have. Afterall, life is so precious.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all,
    From Missy's mommy

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  25. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    For Thanksgiving I am going to stay home, and I will have a feast with my family. My mom and I will make the cake, and my Papa will stuff the turkey.

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

    See you later,

    Sydney

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  26. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    On Thanksgiving Day my family and I are going to have a party, so we make all of the food. We also invite my cousins over, and they play outside with us. Our cousins are very fun to play with. My oldest cousin is 11 years old, and the other two are 6 and 3 years old.

    Yours Truly,
    Grace

    P.S. My cousins' names are Cate, Colin, and Noah

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  27. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Each Thanksgiving we go to my grandparents house, and all of my relatives come too. For one family Thanksgiving tradition we go to Calabassas High School, and we play football.

    Comment back soon.

    Yours truly,
    Andrew

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  28. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I love hearing about your exquisite Thanksgiving breaks. I love going on break because I get to spend time with my family, but I always miss my friends and teacher, of course. I think writing compound sentences are fun, so I have a fantastic time on the blog. In my opinion, blogging is a great oppotunity to sharpen my writing skills.

    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Quynh-Anh

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  29. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I am going skiing, and I am going to Las Vegas. I am staying at Mandalley Bay, and I am going skiing at Mammoth.

    I like skiing on the blue, and I like to ski on green. I am too scared to go on black, and it is too steep! I am scared I am going to fall, and my brother had twisted hid ankle on black diamond. That is why I am scared.

    In Las Vegas I am going to circus, circus, and If you want to know what circus, circus is, it is a amusement park with roller coasters, and it is also a hotel.

    After all that fun, we go home for Thanksgiving dinner. Our uncle, ant, grandpa, grandma, and friends are coming to our big feast. My mother and my grandma is cooking the feast.

    We are going to have a lot of things:

    turkey
    mashed potatoes
    cranberry sauce
    pumpkin pie
    apple pie
    stuffing
    salad
    gravy
    cucumber
    carrots

    We also have a Russian dish called plof.

    What do you do for Thanksgiving?

    Sincerely,

    Mia♥ from Mrs. Yollis' class

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  30. Oliver's grandmaNovember 19, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Dear Mrs Ranney,

    I am so thrilled to be over here to celebrate Thanksgiving with all the family, and it gives us all lots of holiday time to be together.

    I am looking forward to watching the boys play baseball, and meeting all of their friends.

    I hear all about the things that they do in my telephone calls from England, but it is so much better to actually see everything in real life.

    Best regards,


    Oliver's grandma

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  31. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    This year my family will go to a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner, so that we can spend more time together instead of cooking and cleaning. My father and grandparents will be having turkey, but my mother, brothers and myself are vegetarians, so we will gladly eat up all the vegetables and deserts.

    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Elijah

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  32. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Here is an example compound sentence: Dylan and Josh are doing lots of things, but the good thing is that they're agreeing. This is an example of a compound sentence in our house: Dylan was on an Arthur show, so he got to be on T.V. Josh got to be on youtube due to a huge collision at home plate on a great catch to save the game.

    Sincerely,
    Dylan & Josh
    P.S. Dylan made a great throw

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