Ch 2: Phrases and Clauses: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1A

About This Chapter

Show these videos in class or assign them as homework to help your students understand how to work with clauses and phrases. Find suggestions for using these videos in the activities below.

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:

  • Clauses
  • Phrases
  • 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.

Phrase practice

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.

Mad libs

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.

Clause annotations

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?

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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