Run-on sentences is one the most common errors students make in their writing. In this article, you'll find a printable run-on sentence practice activity that uses some of the text from Who is Jackie Robinson? by Gail Herman and Nancy Harrison.
A common problem in students’ writing is sentence construction. In particular, run-on sentences often create an issue. A run-on sentence occurs when independent clauses are joined incorrectly. There are three common ways to correct run-on sentences:
Use a comma and coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)
Use a period to divide the original sentence into two or more sentences
Use a semicolon to join two independent clauses that are related
Students must be able to self-monitor and identify a run-on sentence in order to correct run-on sentences. One way to accomplish this task is to have students identify the sentence errors and re-write to correct run-on sentences. Students will always benefit from engaging, relevant text to read. Reading correct sentence constructions will support students with run-on sentence practice.
For students in grades 3–5, using a period to create two shorter, simpler sentences would be appropriate. For students in grades 6–8, provide them with options to use a comma with a coordinating conjunction, use a period and divide the sentences, or use a semicolon.
Printable Run-on Sentence Practice Activity for Grades 3–8
With my free printable run-on sentence practice worksheets students will read a portion of the text Who is Jackie Robinson? by Gail Herman and Nancy Harrison. In addition to the text excerpt, there are two practice sheets – one for Grades 3–5 and one for Grades 6–8. On these practice sheets, students will identify and edit the errors in five different sentences.