About This Chapter
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. Indefinite and Definite Articles: Definition and Examples
Watch this video lesson on indefinite and definite articles. Find out when you should use which type of article and when you shouldn't use any article at all.
2. What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?
I have this recurring nightmare where all my modifiers are misplaced or dangling and everybody's laughing at me. Don't let this happen to you! Learn why modifiers are important and why putting them in the right place is even more so.
3. What are Predicates? - Definition and Examples
A predicate is a necessary component of each sentence, so it's important to know what one is and how to identify one. This lesson goes over the basics of predicates as well as how knowing about them can help answer other grammatical questions.
4. Gerunds: Are They Verbs? Are They Nouns?
Take a closer look at the verbs and nouns we use in everyday language to help you understand gerunds. Watch this video lesson to learn the exact nature of gerunds and their purpose in writing.
5. Clause: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn what a clause is and how to use different types of clauses to make your writing more interesting. Take a look at some examples to help understand the types.
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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA Grade 7 - Language: Standards course
- English Language Conventions: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1
- Phrases and Clauses: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1A
- Types of Sentences: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1B
- English Grammar Conventions: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2
- Comma Rules: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2A
- Spelling: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2B
- English Language Knowledge: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3A
- Determining Meaning with Context: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4A-D
- Figurative Language: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5A-C
- English Vocabulary: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6