Understanding clauses

Lesson
Understanding clauses
11 pages
Purpose
Identify clause components in sentences, and understand the nuances of the different components.
Description
In this lesson, we take a grammatical dive into the structure of clauses. We look at the four components of clauses—subjects, verb groups, complements, and modifiers—and discuss each in turn. We discuss how to determine the number of clauses in a sentence, explicit versus implied subjects, and how verbs and context determine what extra elements a clause requires to make sense. While this lesson is more grammar focussed than other Writelike lessons, we do explore briefly how understanding clause structure will prepare students to write complex sentences and be more efficient in their writing.
Lesson type
Introduction
Genre / Topic
Grammar, Clauses, Subject, Object, Modifier, Complement