Conjunctions are parts of speech that are used to bring together words, clauses, and phrases with sentences. They function by pairing these words or word groups that helps establish a connected relationship between the words or phrases within the sentence. Conjunctions come in three types: coordinating, subordinating, and correlative. Each of the three types connects words, phrases, and clauses. The pieces that are being connected will determine which type of conjunction should be used. The most common form is coordinating conjunction. This is where the joining word is placed between the connected parts within the sentence. You will not find this form at the beginning or end of a sentence. When clauses (dependent and independent forms) need to be linked subordinating conjunction is used. The common forms include the use of the following words and phrases: until, while, if, no matter how, and as. They are usually placed at the beginning of the sentence or between clauses with a comma placed between the two clauses. The last form is called correlative conjunction this is where pairs of conjunctions are used to balance a sentence. Common forms include the word pairs: either… or, neither… nor, and both… and.
The following collection of activity sheets will help students label parts of sentences/words, and ask your students to correctly identify or place them in given sentences. Answer keys have been provided for each work sheet for instructors. Fun Project Idea: Have your students perform the Schoolhouse Rock "Conjunction Junction" song (available on YouTube) this is a fun song that helps students remember how to identify parts of sentences.