Dependent and Independent Clauses
Activity by Suzy Red
writing idea using the list below:
Give students a copy of the "If...," dependent
clauses, and ask them to finish the quotes by adding independent clauses.
The other half of the class receives the independent
clauses and is asked to finish them by adding "If.....," dependent clauses.
When complete, compare our lists to the list below.
Before school is out, have
each student write one new complex sentence about something that happened
in school today. Remind them that complex sentences contains both
an independent and a dependent clauses. Suggest a list of conjunctions
like when, after, because, although, since, and before, to replace the
"if" we used in the practice.
a get acquainted activity, give some students one "If....,"
part each and others one independent clause each. Instruct them
to walk around, meet each other partner-up find the best match.
Discuss the results.
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