Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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 related sentences (This means it has two subjects and two predicates!)
  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!)  


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!


  1. M★chelle’s M♥mNovember 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    It's been around 20 years to celebrate Thanksgiving for us. Our family doesn't like turkey, so we've been prepared chicken instead of turkey on our Thanksgiving feast.
    This year I will prepare Korean BBQ for our Thanksgiving feast, and Jabjae, which is a stir fried noodle. Michelle's brother will come back from college, and I think he wants to eat Korean food while he stays here with us. Michelle practices Mancala everyday, so she can beat her brother when he comes back on Thanksgiving.


    M★chelle’s M♥m

  2. Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,

    I have two Thanksgiving compound sentences for you.

    1. Turkeys do not like Thanksgiving, so they made a movie called Free Birds about turkeys who escape being dinner.
    2. Pilgrims did not know how to fetch food, so the Native Americans helped them.



  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    I do not know what I am going to do for Thankiving this year, but last year I went to Vegas last year. It was really fun, and I am hoping to do it again.

  4. Dear Class,
    Here are my compound sentences.

    This Thanksgiving I will celebrate with my grandparents, and we will
    eat all the traditional holiday foods.

    My grandpa doesn't like pumpkin pie, but I love pumpkin pie, so
    my mom always makes pumpkin pie and pecan pie.

  5. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    I have two compound sentences for you.

    1. It was hard for the pilgrims, so Native Americans helped them make life easy.
    2. Native Americans helped the pilgrims harvest the crops, so it would be easy to harvest the crops.


  6. Dear Class,

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I love eating turkey and pumpkin pie with my family. We eat dinner at my grandma's house, and we always invite the whole family to join us.



  7. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    1. Every year I go to my aunt and uncle's house for Thanksgiving, and my uncle cooks our meal.

    2.My uncle is an Italian chef, but he cooks a great traditional Thanksgiving meal.


  8. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    For Thanksgiving I am going to my grandparents house, and we will have a lot of food. Then we will stay at their house for a few days, and we will have a lot of fun.


  9. Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,

    I have two compound sentences about Thanksgiving for you.

    1.Pilgrims didn't use forks, and
    they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

    2.The pilgrims sailed on a ship, and the ship was known as the "May Flower."

    Have a great day,

  10. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Every Thanksgiving my family from Connecticut comes to stay with us, and it is fun having my aunt and uncle stay with us.

    This year Hannukah begins the night before Thanksgiving, and we are calling it Thanksgivicah.


    1. Hello Lucas,
      We are excited to have our family together at Thanksgiving. I love your new word "Thanksgivicah.
      Happy Thanksgiving to your class. Grammy

  11. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    On Thanksgiving, I will eat a lemon cream cheese pie, and my brother will eat a pumpkin pie. But I might eat a pumpkin pie too.

    I am excited for the Thanksgiving feast this year because my brother comes back and spends for several days with us.

    The weather in New Hampshire is very cold, so he will enjoy the weather in California during the Thanksgiving visit.


    M ∞ chelle

  12. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    This year for Thanksgiving my family and I will go to my grandparents house, and we will have turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes for dinner. When all my family is done eating all of the kids will go out to play, and the grown-ups will call us in when it's time for dessert. We all will have a good time on Thanksgiving.


  13. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Every year our family is getting together at our house for Thanksgiving, and everyone is waiting for this warm holiday. There is always a lot of fun, food, people and laughter. I ordered turkey at Gelson's, they make it very good, and together with my mom and friends we'll make the rest of the dinner. We are all excited and looking forward to seeing everyone for Thanksgiving.

    Nick's mom

  14. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    My family and I will be going to my grandparents house in Palm Springs, and we will have lots of fun. After Thanksgiving, my parents will go to Las Vegas, and we will stay in Palm Springs. What are you going to do for Thanksgiving?

    Jaden (Lexi's Brother)

    1. @ Jaden,

      Thank you visiting our classroom blog. Our Thanksgiving plans are having a feast with my family, and mine is I'm going to San Jose. What is your favorite place to go on Thanksgiving?

      Noah and Jacob

    2. Dear Jaden,
      Thank you for visiting our blog. Sounds fun that you are going to Palm Springs! Are your parents really going to Las Vegas?
      Where are you staying?

      Annsley and KIm

  15. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    On Thanksgiving my family and I do not eat the traditional dinner since we do not like turkey. My Acha, which means grandmother in Singhalese makes curry crab. My dad buys the crab live, but he always has a hard time breaking the crab. This is one of my favorite foods to eat. I also enjoy sitting around the table eating the crab with my family and friends.



  16. Jacob's GrandmaNovember 7, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Hello Mrs. Ranney,
    For Thanksgiving this year our entire family will be heading up to San Jose where Jacob's cousins live. There will be more than a dozen of us at the table. Jacob's Uncle Kenji cooks a turkey in a smoker every year. It is the most delicious turkey you can imagine. I can say, in all honesty, that the celebration of Thanksgiving is a joyous occasion for our family because it is spent in the company of our loved ones.
    Jacob's Grandma

    1. Dear Jacob's Grandma,
      Thank you for visiting our classroom blog.
      We think we will like your turkey. For my Thanksgiving we always have turkey and cranberry sauce.

      It sounds like your Thanksgiving is great.

      What was your favorite blog comment?


      Kenan and Ryan

  17. HI Everyone, I'm I'm Uncle Jeremy collin's uncle. I am going to my fiance's parents house for thanksgiving turkey dinner. This year Thanksgiving is almost at the same time as Hanukkah, so it is called Thanksgivikah.

    1. Dear Uncle Jeremy,

      Thank you for visiting our classroom blog! For future reference, you need to do some better proofreading before you publish a comment. My name has only 1 "l", and it starts with an upper-case "C". It was fun to see you in New York.



  18. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Thanksgiving is a very special time of year for me and, growing up, my family always threw a really big party! We would go to New York City and stay with my aunt. There would be a super fantastic dinner followed by an evening of piano music and singing (my aunt was an actress on Broadway and had lots of theatrical friends). Later that evening we would venture out to check out the streets where teams were getting the balloons ready for the following day's parade. The next morning we would bundle up and go to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Most of the time it would be snowing and cold, so we would always have hot chocolate and soup later. These memories are so precious to me that, no matter where we are, I am sure to watch the parade with my children, Annsley, Gabby, Wyatt, and Zac every year. It is our family tradition.

    Warm regards,
    Rebekah (Annsley's Mom)

  19. Dear Mrs.Ranney and friends,

    Turkey Day is my favorite holiday, and I make the best stuffing. Recipe upon request. The smell in the house is heavenly, and the leftovers are ridiculous. I am Grandma Barbara (Jade's grandma). When my daughter, (Jade's mom) was little the entire house was decorated in turkeys. As I cooked the whole family watched the parade and picked at everything in the kitchen. Wonderful memories. I hope you all can share these times with your families.

    Gobble Gobble!
    Grandma Barbara


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