Language Arts:  A Multimedia Mini Lesson for Sentence Fragments

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Sentence Fragments is one of the 30 MicroLessons (mini lessons) available in the series, Language Arts Presenter.

Just connect your computer to a digital projector or SMART Board, select a student to operate the mouse and let Ann Marie, the avatar, teach your kids a lesson on Sentence Fragments. 

This MicroLesson (like all of the others in the series) comes with a word search activity and a crossword puzzle based entirely on the presentation--the words found in the word search provide the word bank for the crossword puzzle. 

Therefore, this presentation along with the time required to complete both puzzles will require 50-60 classroom minutes.

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MicroLesson 27 Details

MicroLesson 27
Sentence Fragments
Presentation Time: 24-29 min.
By the end of this MicroLesson, students will be able to...

  • define sentence.
  • recognize that sentence fragments are incomplete sentences.
  • recognize that a fragment can be caused by a missing subject, predicate, or both.
  • correctly distinguish sentences and sentence fragments when presented with example groups of words.
  • choose appropriate corrections for sample sentence fragments.
  • demonstrate mastery by correctly responding to 15 multiple choice questions. 

Sentence Fragments, Full Version comes with a word search, and a crossword puzzle. 

I have thoroughly tested this MicroLesson with actual students in real-life, public,  middle school classrooms--the vast majority of students became engaged, responsive, and productive (even the Ne'r-Do-Wells).


Both of the screenshots below are samples from the instruction portion of Sentence Fragments.

These screenshots show how one of the questions and its associated answer appear in Sentence Fragments:

PDF Puzzles

Here is the word search activity for Sentence Fragments.

The words found in the activity above become the word bank for this crossword puzzle: 

Noteworthy Notes

Like all of the MicroLessons in the Language Arts Presenter series, Sentence Fragments includes...

  • definitions and examples.
  • direct instruction.
  • a summary of the instruction.
  • practice quizzes ranging from 5 to 15 questions.
  • an on-screen answer key.
  • a word search and crossword puzzle to extend the mini lesson. 

Teachers report that during MicroLessons, they...

  • appoint students to be mouse operators while they roam the classroom, keeping a wary eye on the knuckleheads.
  • become dynamic partners with the avatars, giving additional examples of concepts, checking for comprehension, and reading questions and answer choices orally to the class.
  • record scores, grade papers, or even work on lesson plans. 

All of the titles in the Language Arts Presenter series are accessible with any of the major web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari.  As a result, these apps are compatible with all versions of both Windows and Mac.

Free Download Details and Link

Sentence Fragments, Free Version is...

  • complete in every regard.
  • fully operational.
  • available for an unlimited time trial. 

The "Free Trial Version" stamps are a necessary annoyance.  

When you consider the fact that I spent two and a half years of my life developing these MicroLessons, I would sincerely hope that you would agree that giving them away completely free of charge is not a plausible option.

Download: Sentence Fragments, Free Version

Full Download Details and Link

Sentence Fragments, Full Version is...

  • exactly the same as the free version.
  • completely devoid of all "Free Trial Version" stamps.
  • comes with a word search and a crossword puzzle. 

Both versions of Sentence Fragments are accessible with any of the major web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari.  As a result, these apps are compatible with all versions of both Windows and Mac.

Purchase: Sentence Fragments (Order in the USA)

Purchase: Sentence Fragments (Order outside of the USA)


The Sentence Bundle contains all seven Sentence MicroLessons from the Language Arts Presenter series.

If purchased individually, the total cost for Sentence Fragments along with its 6 companions would be $34.65. The bundle is now available for the much lower cost of $16.95--a savings of over 50%!

The titles in The Sentence Bundle are as follows:

  • Types of Sentences
  • Sentence Structure, Part 1
  • Sentence Structure, Part 2
  • Run On Sentences
  • Sentence Fragments
  • Sentence Combining, Part 1
  • Sentence Combining, Part 2

The Sentence Bundle comes with a word search and a crossword puzzle for each MicroLesson.

MicroLesson 27: Sentence Fragments, Full Version by Chad Manis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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