Can you explain sentence complexity in just a few words?
A complex sentence combines a dependent clause with an independent clause. Example: Because the soup was too cold, I warmed it in the microwave. Sentences can be long and complicated, or short and simple. Learning about complex sentences can help you become a better writer.
Sentence Complexity: A Fun Way to Learn!
Write your best complex sentence AFTER watching this video.
sentence complexity: The level of difficulty of a sentence. syntax: The arrangement of words to create a complete sentence. grammar: The rules of a language that explain how words are used.
On a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate the complexity of the following sentence: 'I like sports.'?
- 1-Very simple
- 5-Very complex
On a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate the complexity of the following sentence: 'I like basketball and football.'?
- 1 very simple
- 2 simple
- 3 Moderate
- 4 complex
- 5 very complex
On a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate the complexity of the following sentence: 'While I am a passionate basketball fan, I prefer football.'?
- 1 - Very Simple
- 2 - Simple
- 3 - Moderate
- 4 - Complex
- 5 - Very Complex
The longest sentence ever written is over 4,400 words long! The shortest sentence in the English language is 'I am.' In Old English, 'the' was only used for masculine nouns!
Draw / write: What are the different ways to measure sentence complexity?
Draw / write: What strategies can you use to make complex sentences?
What sentence did you write today that you think is complex?
After participating in this lesson, write your best complex sentence.