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7th Grade Language Arts / Lesson 6: Clauses
|What will we be learning in this lesson? |
- In this lesson you will learn to recognize two kinds of clauses
- Independent clauses
- Subordinates clauses
How will knowing about clauses help me?
- Using clauses will help you vary the length of your sentences
- It will help you make you writing more interesting to read.
|What will I Learn in This Lesson |
- Definition of a clause
- Definition of an independent clause
- Definition of a subordinate clause
- How to use clauses
Questions to Keep in Mind As You Read
- What is a clause?
- What is an independent clause?
- What is a subordinate clause?
- How do I use clauses in sentences?
- A clause is a group of words with its own subject and verb.
- There are two types of clauses
1 Independent clause
2 Subordinate clause
- There is an important difference between these two types of clauses.
|Independent Clause |
- An independent clause has a subject and a verb and can stand by itself as a complete sentence.
- Independent clauses can be long or short
- What is important is that the clause expresses a complete thought
- It can stand by itself as a sentence.
|Subordinate Clause |
- A subordinate clause also contains a subject and a verb, but it is different from an independent clause in one important way.
- It does NOT express a complete thought.
- It cannot stand alone as a complete sentence.
- It is only PART of a sentence.
- Do these clauses express a complete thoughts or do they need more information to make sense?
|Using Independent Clauses |
- Independent clauses can be joined together to make them ONE sentence.
- From Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake BoysJames Berry
- It was evening time, but sunshine was still big patches in yards and on housetops.
- Why did the author choose to combine these independent clauses into a single sentence?
|Using Subordinate Clauses |
- A subordinate clauses can be joined with an independent clause to make a single sentence.
- Look at the clauses below.
- Identify the independent and subordinate clauses.
- Join them to make ONE sentence.
- after the climber tied the rope to the piton
- she checked the knot
After the climber tied the rope to the piton, she checked the knot.
|This is the end of the Lesson |
- Do you know what a clause is?
- Do you know the difference between an independent clause and a subordinate clause?
- IdenDo you know how clauses can be joined together to form ONE sentence?
If you can't answer these questions, review this Lesson.