Due to time constraints on Monday, this lesson was moved to Tuesday. In all periods, we re-introduced the concept of clauses. Since we covered clauses in-depth last year, this lesson focused more on the types of dependent (also known as “subordinate” clauses). There are two types of clauses: independent and dependent. While there is only one type independent clause, there are three types of dependent clauses: noun clauses, adjective clauses, and adverb clauses. Luckily, these clauses act as they are named.
- A noun clause is a group of related words with a subject and a predicate that together act like a noun. You can check to see if a clause is a noun clause by seeing if it can be replaced by the word “it.” If it can, it is a noun clause!
- An adjective clause is a group of related words with a subject and a predicate that acts like an adjective. This clause modifies (describes) a noun or pronoun.
- An adverb clause is a group of related words with a subject and a predicate that acts like an adverb. This clause modifies (describes) an adjective, a verb, or another adverb.
*Note: Before this lesson on clauses, 7th period went into a little more depth breaking down how to move from a writing prompt to a full-fledged essay on a topic. The students will provided with the graphic organizer below:
- Writing Prompt to Essay Graphic Organizer: Topic to Thesis to Supporting Details Graphic Organizer
HOMEWORK: Construct 5 questions you still have about clauses (if you have none, write 5 things you know about clauses). They must be in the form of simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex sentences.
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Graphic Organizer: Clauses Graphic Organizer