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The No-Good, Rotten,
Run-On Sentence
BY L IZA C HARLESWORTH

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for. making it “run on” way too long. Published by Scholastic Inc. and he had orange polka dots on his back. Printed in the U. yet. For instance: The monster’s name was Bernard. it’s raining. he had orange polka dots on his back. A run-on sentence is a sentence that tries to include too many ideas at once. or without the correct punctuation. Another possible way to fix a run-on sentence is by adding a word like but. That sentence can be divided into two separate ideas: The monster’s name was Bernard. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 40 11 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 . even short ones. mechanical. or transmitted in any form or Remember. He had orange polka dots on his back. Rotten. NY 10012. without written permission of the publisher. to correct it? Written by Liza Charlesworth Illustrated by Doug Jones Designed by Jason Robinson ISBN: 0-439-45824-2 Copyright © 2004 by Scholastic Inc. photocopying. or otherwise. 557 Broadway. For instance: The monster’s name was Bernard. All rights reserved. A run-on sentence happens when there is a mistake in sentence structure. Can you think of two different ways Scholastic Inc. Grammar Tales: The No-Good.A. because. write to example: Come inside. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part or stored in a retrieval system. recording. electronic. Run-on sentences also occur when two or more sentences are linked together improperly.. Let’s Review Sentence Structure Using proper sentence structure helps make ideas clear and keeps readers from getting confused. One way to fix a run-on sentence is to divide it into two smaller ones. that improperly links ideas. Here’s an For information regarding permission. a run-on sentence doesn’t have to be long! Any sentence by any means. New York. is a run-on. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought or idea. or and.S.

under the ho lived bed n w of lvi Tim ot Me hy Tru mbil l he a ed nd Tim were best friends monster nam Grammar Tales: The No-Good. it ran right off the page and out of his bedroom! 1 . But when he sat down to write it. Rotten. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources was a e re e th im upon a t nce O Do you know what a run-on sentence is? Share your ideas. Kevin Crabtree had a great idea for a story. In fact. the very first sentence refused to behave. It ran and ran and ran. One day.

Then it ran out the open window!” . Next. “What’s the deal with that sentence?” she asked. his sister Darcy burst in. so he just kept writing. A minute later. he heard a crash. “It ran through the kitchen and knocked over my 2 cereal bowl. Rotten. h baseball team was r whic best e ov ue d rg Grammar Tales: The No-Good. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources ya sometimes the but But Kevin had to get his thoughts down.

“I don’t know what’s wrong.and w hich was the most delicious kind of c andy bar Grammar Tales: The No-Good. I’ll catch it. or doesn’t link them with proper punctuation.” replied Darcy. who was the fastest runner in all of Blathertown. “because I should really keep writing.” said Kevin. . This story is fantastic!” 3 . Don’t worry. It just keeps going and going and going and . “Thanks. . Kevin put down his pencil.” “OK. Rotten. I get the idea. A run-on sentence crowds too many ideas into one sentence. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought or idea.

but she just couldn’t catch that no-good. run-on sentence! . She passed a skateboarder and a biker and a bus. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources e ey had a reat lif g Darcy put on her running shoes and darted out the door. Rotten. nster knock r mo he ed not on ya the e da do il on or still th unt Grammar Tales: The No-Good. She huffed and puffed. 4 rotten.

Rotten. Smoodle.” yelped Darcy breathlessly. Lightning. but it just won’t stop!” 5 . “I tried to catch it. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources Is this a run-on sentence? The queen ate her pudding with a golden spoon from a golden bowl and was so very happy to have a pet pig named Gertrude. “Kevin is writing a story and his first sentence just keeps running and running. Smoodle and her dog. (Answer: yes) Along came Mrs. “What’s all the commotion?” aked Mrs. who loved pudding almost as much as pickles but not as much as apple pie. he ha d orange polka do an d ts on r nard his b wa sB e ack e am r’sn e onst m t he Grammar Tales: The No-Good.

rotten. Rotten. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources “Oh my! That’s soooo rude!” declared Mrs. “Fetch. He’ll get that no-good. rom Franc e and needed a place t as f at h ew o stay th s ai d n ard Ber Grammar Tales: The No-Good. Boy!” . III. he’s the fastest dog in all of Blathertown.” Then she pointed her finger at the sentence 6 and commanded. “This sounds like a job for Lightning. run-on sentence or his name’s not Lightning-Sweetie-Pie-Smoopie Smoodle. After all. Smoodle.

Lightning took off like a flash. He just couldn’t catch that no-good. n ot enough room under the r eally bed a ws bec ther e aus bu t e Grammar Tales: The No-Good. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources Is this a run-on sentence? The king ate his pudding. He passed a jogger and a roller-skater and a pizza delivery truck. (Answer: yes) As expected. it was quite tasty. but it was no use. Rotten. run-on sentence. 7 . rotten.

and not 8 even Lightning can catch it!” reported Mrs. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources Along came Cowboy Cal on his horse. . Why the long faces?” he asked. Rotten. “Kevin is writing a story and his first sentence just keeps running and running. ny dust bunnies und re s o m a er ther re w e e and the Grammar Tales: The No-Good. partners. Smoodle. “Howdy.

juggled jellybeans and donuts. I’ll get that ornery. that no-good. rotten. ach one as a close pers o f e onal f vin th o u ght riend l Me Grammar Tales: The No-Good. (Answer: both) “Why. Rotten. The lion tamer did not go in the cage. disrespectful gaggle of words if it’s the last thing I do.” he said. who had just joined the circus and was excited about it. He twirled his lasso this way and that and took expert aim. But to his surprise. run-on sentence slipped right through the rope and kept on going! 9 . 2. it was way too scary in there. The clown with the rainbow wig and purple gloves. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources Which of these is a run-on sentence? 1.

10 . e d to let Bernard stay as long as decid he ag lly Kev in reed f ina Grammar Tales: The No-Good. With no time to spare. Rotten. the four of them hopped on Cowboy Cal’s horse and galloped toward Town Square. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources “Look! It’s heading for the center of town!” gulped Darcy.

Rotten.” she replied calmly. everyone had already scattered to the safety of their homes. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources By the time they arrived. “Watch out!” they screamed. 11 . “I’ll take care of it. rotten. she reached in her purse and pulled out a red pencil. “It’s Kevin’s no- good. hi s mom came in hen to hide und w er K in’s bed ev Grammar Tales: The No-Good. but dear Miss Bartlebine. that is.” Then. run-on sentence!” “Oh. that silly old thing. Everyone.

run-on sentence. Miss Bartlebine did an amazing thing: She pointed the pencil at the sentence and started editing. T imot t ion to B er urple!” h . She added capital letters and commas and periods and 12 question marks and even an exclamation point or two.“I ’ ll paint my ora Grammar Tales: The No-Good. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources “A pencil?” they exclaimed. She broke it apart into smaller sentences. ought i dea . rotten. .” Next. “That’s no match for the no-good.vin That ight p hy s tart att en r e th Then Melvin got ag r eat ed p a yin g m or e nge s po t s b . n ard than Mel After a while. Rotten.

13 . run-on sentence was no more. for. The chipmunk was funny. 2. The woodchuck was always late to school. l o us b u t wh ett p r at c get sure ly make T ould M e lv i n u ld im h e do? mad e wo ot hy n th at otice him He f ig u r e d . his alarm clock was broken. Can you fix these sentences with one of them? 1. Grammar Tales: The No-Good. rotten. y je a . because. or and. Then before you knew it. Rotten. clear. the squirrel was funnier. perfectly polite sentences along with the start of a darn good story. And in its place were dozens of tidy. yet. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources Sometimes run-on sentences can be fixed by adding a word like but. that no-good.

It’s NOT a 14 pretty sight. “What Timothy was very upset. Melvin the Monster took a paintbrush and carefully dabbed purple of the full-length mirror. it becomes what is known as a run-on sentence. You see. he was so surpised he nearly hit the ceiling. Readers get lost. when a sentence keeps going and going. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources “How did you do that?” Darcy exclaimed. “Well. “Wow. Ideas get confused. Run-on sentences are good sentences gone bad. he loved everything about Grammar Tales: The No-Good. Rotten. I really look different!” he said Melvin.” explained Miss Bartlebine. .

Break this run-on sentence into a bunch of shorter sentences. When he was done. When Timothy saw happened to your wonderful orange spots?” he exclaimed. Now. declaring. Now. “My work here is done. She then returned the pencil to her purse. especially those special orange spots.paint onto each of his spots. I’d like to give him a little grammar lesson. • The ice-cream truck played a happy tune it pulled up to Claudia’s corner the good news was that she had 75 cents for a cone the bad news was that the ice-cream man was completely out of fudge-ripple-peppermint strawberry swirl which happened to be her favorite flavor. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources Now it’s your turn. he stood in front to himself. Melvin the Monster.” 15 . Grammar Tales: The No-Good. it was time to find Timothy. Rotten. let’s go over and visit Kevin.

Grammar Tales: The No-Good. And that’s exactly what she did. . And his excellent story was published to rave reviews. After that. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources What have you learned about run-on sentences? Talk about it. Rotten. Kevin never had a problem with a run-on sentence again. with a great big 16 dedication to dear Miss Bartlebine.

for. NY 10012. to correct it? Written by Liza Charlesworth Illustrated by Doug Jones Designed by Jason Robinson ISBN: 0-439-45824-2 Copyright © 2004 by Scholastic Inc. or transmitted in any form or Remember. Run-on Sentence © Scholastic Teaching Resources A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought or idea. A run-on sentence is a sentence that tries to include too many ideas at once. it’s raining. Published by Scholastic Inc. For instance: The monster’s name was Bernard. a run-on sentence doesn’t have to be long! Any sentence by any means.A. he had orange polka dots on his back. Can you think of two different ways Scholastic Inc. electronic. or and. He had orange polka dots on his back. that improperly links ideas. Let’s Review Sentence Structure Using proper sentence structure helps make ideas clear and keeps readers from getting confused. without written permission of the publisher.S. recording. because. Run-on sentences also occur when two or more sentences are linked together improperly. making it “run on” way too long. or without the correct punctuation. A run-on sentence happens when there is a mistake in sentence structure. Printed in the U. Another possible way to fix a run-on sentence is by adding a word like but. For instance: The monster’s name was Bernard. mechanical. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 40 11 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 .. yet. Here’s an For information regarding permission. and he had orange polka dots on his back. All rights reserved. New York. One way to fix a run-on sentence is to divide it into two smaller ones. That sentence can be divided into two separate ideas: The monster’s name was Bernard. photocopying. write to example: Come inside. 557 Broadway. Rotten. or otherwise. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part or stored in a retrieval system. even short ones. Grammar Tales: The No-Good. is a run-on.