Free 8th Grade Writing Complete Sentences Lesson Plan (Language Arts)

Topic: Writing complete sentences

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will understand the concept of a complete sentence and will be able to write complete sentences in their writing projects.


  • Writing paper
  • Pencils
  • Writing handouts with examples of complete sentences


  • Ask students to share examples of sentences that they already know are complete sentences. Write these on the board.
  • Ask students if they can think of any sentences that are not complete sentences. Write these on the board as well.

Direct Instruction

  • Explain to students that a complete sentence is a sentence that has a subject and a verb.
  • Ask students to think of a sentence that they know and then remove the subject and the verb. Ask them to see if the sentence still makes sense.
  • If the sentence is still understandable, it is not a complete sentence. If the sentence is not understandable, it is a complete sentence.
  • Provide students with the handout containing examples of complete sentences with subjects and verbs. Go through the examples as a class, discussing the importance of each part of the sentence.

Guided Practice:

  • Have students work in pairs to complete a worksheet containing sentence strips with subject and verbs removed. Have students re-write each sentence to make it a complete sentence.
  • Go over the completed worksheets as a class, discussing any questions or difficulties that students had.

Independent Practice:

  • Have students choose a popular book or movie, and create a poster that shows all the characters, setting, and plot. Each character should have a complete sentence describing their role in the story. The setting should have a complete sentence describing its importance to the plot. And the plot should have a complete sentence describing its basic sequence of events.
  • Have students present their posters to the class, and discuss the effectiveness of the sentences in conveying the key information about the story.


  • Review the components of a complete sentence, and discuss any opportunities for further practice or independent practice.


  • Observe students during independent practice to assess their understanding of complete sentences.
  • Collect and review completed worksheets to assess their ability to correctly identify and write complete sentences.

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