Ch 3: Phrases & Clauses: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1C

About This Chapter

Use the lessons in this chapter to help your 7th grade students meet Common Core writing standards. The fun video lessons and quizzes can teach them the uses of various clause and phrase types.

Standard: Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1C)

About This Chapter

Use lessons on the following phrase and clause types to help your students develop the skills they'll need to write cohesive sentences:

  • Noun, adverbial, and relative clauses
  • Gerund, participial, and prepositional phrases
  • Correlative and coordinating conjunctions
  • Independent and dependent clauses

Students who've developed the writing skills outlined by this standard should be able to compose sentences that clearly convey the relationship between the supporting evidence being presented and their argument's main ideas.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Lead a Group Activity

After watching the video lessons, break students up into groups. Ask them to write an example of each phrase and clause type you've been discussing in class.

Assign Lessons as Homework

Assign the video lessons and quizzes as part of students' homework. Use the quiz results to identify any topics that need to be reviewed the next day in class.

Create Peer Editing Sessions

Once you've used the videos to review clause and phrase types in class, have students edit each others' written work. Ask them to keep an eye out for sentences that could use some clarification or revision.

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: Phrases & Clauses: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1C
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What is a Clause?

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.

Types of Clauses: Noun, Adverbial, & Relative Clauses

2. Types of Clauses: Noun, Adverbial, & Relative Clauses

In this lesson, we will define clause. We will then review independent and dependent clauses. Finally, we will focus on the different types of dependent clauses - including relative, noun and adverbial - discuss how to recognize them and then discuss how to use the clauses in our writing.

What is a Phrase?

3. 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.

Types of Phrases: Gerund, Participial, Prepositional & More

4. Types of Phrases: Gerund, Participial, Prepositional & More

The writing of a sentence begins with a phrase. In this lesson, we will discuss the definition of a phrase, the different types of phrases, and how knowing what a phrase is will improve your writing.

Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative

5. Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative

Conjunctions are parts of speech that join together other words, phrases and clauses in sentences. Learn all about two types of conjunctions - coordinating and correlative - in this lesson.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

6. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

7. 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.

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