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Advice: If your 'sentence' is a dependent clause, or it doesn't contain both a subject and a predicate, then it is not a proper sentence. You can often detect fragments if you read your writing backwards sentence by sentence, . from the last sentence to the first one. You can usually correct a fragment by connecting it to the sentence before or after it.
Good writers, who have a full understanding of the sentence, occasionally choose to write a sentence fragment. So you may see sentence fragments in the fiction or even some of the non-fiction you read. As an ESL student, however, you should avoid fragments (except when writing your own creative stories).
Beth that sounds really interesting. I am so glad that we helped to motivate you on this story. I wonder if you can work in something with the old Johnny Cash song, “A Boy Named Sue” into the story as kind of stimulus or organizing idea.
Are you a member of the Becoming Writer group. I wasn’t sure about joining, but if there are more nice people like you in the group I might give it a try. Besides, I want to hear more about how Jeremy traces her mother.
BTW, my main protagonist is the teacher, who teaches chemistry, biology and forensic science. The deputy (who is loosely based on my friend Benny) helps with class demonstrations and lessons. The students, teacher, and deputy all find clues and the solution together. When I was teaching, my best classes happened in situations like this, when the students and I worked together to find the answers we needed. I am planning on using elements of my students to populate the class. The toughest thing is that I have had so many terrific people in my classroom over the years that it is hard to choose.