Instead of just lecturing your students about independent and dependent clauses, why not give this flipped lesson a try? Students take this worksheet home and use a computer, tablet, or smart phone to access a video which will help them gain a basic knowledge of the difference between the two types of clauses. This is a great foundation to grammar units about complex sentences. The kids love watching a video for homework and it eliminates the necessity for traditional lecture.
Filling out the worksheet is not difficult, nor is it intended to be. It is simply a way to check and see if the students actually watched the video. When everyone watches the same video to start the unit, you are giving all of your students a common knowledge base. When the kids come in for the next class, you could use any number of activating strategies to use the knowledge they’ve gained to work into your next lesson!