Greetings Students!

Here we go with our first Grammar lesson! The topic is Kinds of Sentences.

Now, I know you all know how to write different kinds of sentences... I've seen you do it!
BUT... Do you know what those different kinds of sentences are called? They are (drum roll, please)

Declarative Sentences
Interrogative Sentences
Imperative Sentences
Exclamatory Sentences

There is also a word or group of words that is not really a sentence at all... called an Interjection.

Okay, so we know what the names of the kinds of sentences are. Why are there different kinds of sentences? Why do we use them? How do you tell them apart? One of the biggest clues is in the ending punctuation. Let me explain:

Declarative Sentences - make a statement, tell about something, and end with a period ( . )

Interrogative Sentences- ask a question (Think about someone interrogating someone else... they ask a lot of questions.) These end in a question mark ( ? )

Imperative Sentences- these are bossy little buggers. Imperatives give a command or make a request. They usually end with a period ( . ) That is unless it's your mom or dad and it's the 3rd time they've told you to do it. Imperatives don't say, "You, go to the Library." But they mean "You." The "you" is always implied as the subject. Imperatives are easy to spot if you look to see whether the sentence begins with a verb. If it does, it is probably imperative.

Exclamatory Sentences- These sentences show strong feeling! You can tell it is an Exclamatory sentence because it ends with an exclamation mark ( ! )

Interjections - These are those words we use on their own to show strong emotion. They really aren't sentences at all. They are the "Cheerleaders" of our word choices. Wow! Hooray! Super! Ouch! Bang! ... just to name a few. (see this Grammar Rock)

Now before I go on too much longer, let me show you a *BrainPOP video that explains this a little better. Watch it and then take the quiz to see how much you know. (* BrainPop is accessible during school hours and up to 5:00 p.m. Monday/Friday with the school username and password - leolaes/leolaes

Here's the big question: Why should I bother using a variety of kinds of sentences in my writing? So you don't sound like Eeyore, silly bear! (All you have to do is watch the first 45 seconds and you will know what I mean.)