The Subordinate Clause

After Amy sneezed all over the tuna salad. So what happened? That is the question readers ask when faced with a subordinate clause unattached to a main clause. And this information sheet shows writers how to combine subordinate clauses and main clauses to provide answers to such questions.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Project the sample sentences and color code the subordinate conjunctions and relative pronouns in the subordinate clauses
  • Have kids draft a subordinate clause and trade with a partner who provides the main clause
Classroom Considerations

  • Follow up with an activity that asks class members to create their own examples of each of the forms discussed
Pros

  • The clever clauses cause kids to craft crafty sentences
Cons

  • Kids are not asked to demonstrate what they have learned by crafting their own sentences