About This Chapter
Standard: Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.1.A)
About This Chapter
As your students watch these videos and practice the concepts taught therein they will develop a deeper understanding of the definitions and structure of clauses and phrases. They will be able to write and combine clauses, avoiding common errors in usage. The lessons in this chapter explain in detail:
- Independent and dependent clauses
- Dependent/independent clause combinations
You will know that your students have mastered these topics by their ability to craft clear copy with well-written clauses and sentences with appropriate grammar, coordination, and use of conjunctions. They will demonstrate knowledge of the key concepts as they explain how they construct clauses and accurately respond to questions in assessments such as our chapter test here.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Not sure how to incorporate these videos in your classroom instruction plan? Here are a few ideas to get you going.
Watch the video on phrases with your students in class. Then have students craft their own phrases, writing at least one for each of the noun phrase types described in the lesson. Have each student read some of their phrase compositions to the class.
After watching the video on clauses, have students swap their phrase sheets from the previous exercise with one another. Each student will create 3-5 clauses using their peer's noun phrases for subject and object and inserting their own verbs and verb phrases to complete the clause.
Provide students with a paragraph excerpt from a text you are reading in class. Have students identify all of the clauses, indicating which are dependent and which independent. Are there any subordination/coordination errors? How many clauses did the students find?
1. What is a Clause?
In this lesson, we will define what a clause is. We will then look at the different types of clauses, define each of the types, provide some examples of each, and then discuss why they are important in our writing.
2. What is a Phrase?
In this lesson, we will define a phrase. We will then discuss the different kinds of phrases, look at examples of each, and then discuss how to use them correctly in writing.
3. Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination
This lesson is about independent and dependent clauses, and how they make up a sentence. Dependent clauses, like the name suggests, rely on other elements in a sentence. Independent clauses, on the other hand, can stand alone. Learn more in this lesson.
4. Combining Dependent & Independent Clauses
Clauses are a great mystery to many people when dealing with our written language. Watch this video lesson to discover clauses and also to learn how to combine clauses correctly.
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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
- Types of Sentences: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1B
- Modifiers: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1C
- 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