I can create (make) grammatically correct sentences using phrases and clauses.
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Students will be able to create grammatically correct sentences using phrases and clauses. Students will explore the differences between phrases and clauses. Students will learn that phrases do not contain subject-verb units and clauses do. There are several tests introduced to find the subject and verb in a group of words. Students will also use the question trick by adding “is it true” to the beginning of a group of words. If the question makes sense it is a clause. If the question does not make sense it is a phrase. Students will have several opportunities to practice identifying phrases and clauses. Lastly, students will construct their own phrases, change them into clauses, and test that it is a clause using the question trick.
Students will be able to write grammatically correct sentences using phrases and clauses and differentiate between the two.
Students will discuss the differences between phrases and clauses. Students will look at two different groups of words, “the L train to Brooklyn” and “the L train races to Brooklyn.” Students will discuss the differences between these two groups of words.
Ask your students to read our definition of phrase and definition of clause. Clauses contain(have) a subject-verb unit. Have students read about how to identify a subject-verb unit in a group of words by using the time test and where you change the verb tense. In order to identify the subject, you can ask who or what is doing the action (verb). Have students try this with the groups of words shown in the introduction. Students will learn the question trick. This will make identifying whether a group of words is a phrase or clause very easy. Students will place “is it true” in front of any group of words and switch it into a question. Then, students will ask themselves whether or not the question makes sense. If the question makes sense, students have identified a clause. Students will practice determining whether they are reading a phrase or a clause using the question trick.
Students respond to ten mixed quiz questions. These include rearranging letters, true/false, multiple-choice, and drag to sort.
Review what you’ve learned, and have students write their own phrases. Then, students change their phrase into a clause by completing the subject-verb unit. Lastly, students will test that they have a clause using the question trick.
This lesson includes a lot of space for discussion and reading. Encourage your students to read out the slides. We learn through discussion and ideas are discovered that may not have come to mind.
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