Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo: One-Word Sentences and How They Work

Sentences made up of one word? Yes. Introduce kids to lexical ambiguity with a short video that shows how complete, grammatically correct sentences can be composed of one word used each time as a different part of speech.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have kids construct their own one-word sentences, have them label the part of speech of each, and then add the phrases that make the meaning of the sentence clear
Classroom Considerations

  • Some learners will need a sample sentence to clarify the explanation provided by the video; therefore, project an example of the buffalo sentence with punctuation and phrases added so that viewers can see the logic of the sentence

  • The resource includes the video, an assessment, discussion questions, and links to grammar guides

  • No model of a sentence with phrases and punctuation added is provided