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Ch 4: Modifiers: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1C

About This Chapter

Augment your classroom instruction on modifiers and articles with these videos supporting Common Core standards for 7th Grade ELA: Language. Activity ideas below are a good place to start to introduce these videos in class.

Standard: Place phrases and clauses within a sentence, recognizing and correcting misplaced and dangling modifiers. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.1.C)

About This Chapter

Students who have obtained a high level of competence in the content of these videos will be able to identify modifiers in material they are reading and use them in their original writing. They will be able to craft copy with fully-developed descriptions and actions as well as articles that agree with their related noun. The topics covered in this chapter describe:

  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • Predicates
  • Gerunds
  • Clauses

You will be able to note and measure progress in your students' understanding of these topics as they demonstrate proper use of modifiers and articles and proofread the work of others. They will both recognize improper use of modifiers and be able to describe which part of the sentence is left unclear as a result. They will understand and apply the rules for using articles with singular, countable objects.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Complete these activities with your students to begin using these videos in class.

Living modifiers

After watching the video on modifiers, bring the topic to life by having students play the parts of phrases, verbs, and modifiers in a sentence. Demonstrate how a misplaced or dangling modifier is unsure which phrase or verb they should modify. Have students reorder the component parts or bring in a friend to add clarity to the sentence.

Subject-predicate mix-n-match

Watch the video on predicates with your class. Then have students find simple sentences in a text you are reading in class to break apart into their component subjects and predicates. For each sentence, the students will write the subject on one small sheet of paper and the predicates on another. They will then mix up the two stacks of paper and begin putting them back together by randomly picking one paper from the subject pile and one from the predicate pile until both are exhausted. Have students share their funniest combination with the rest of the class.

Video homework

Assign these video lessons as homework. Encourage students to complete the self-correcting quiz after each video to see how they are doing. Take the chapter test as a class after watching all of the videos to test retention and comprehension.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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