Students tend to write only the styles of sentences they are familiar with. As a result, their writing frequently sounds predictable and rhythmic instead of dramatic and sophisticated.
Teaching a few lessons about independent and subordinate clauses (also known as dependent clauses) will open up a whole new range of sentence styles. This assessment packet is designed to follow up with your lessons by providing a fair yet comprehensive evaluation of student learning in this topic.
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to support your instruction.
The quiz packet includes a review page with some common subordinating conjunctions and other study tips. The sample questions mirror the actual assessment.
Students will identify independent clauses, subordinate clauses, and subordinating conjunctions. There are also several open-ended questions which ask students to combine two independent ideas into one complex sentence; and students apply their knowledge by writing their own sentences, too.
After learning these concepts and studying for this test, several of my middle-school students told me they started writing with subordinate clauses in other classes and even for purposes outside of school. It's a relatively simple topic to learn, yet it is a powerful way to improve student writing!
Answer keys for the review questions and the quiz pages are included.
This resource is created by Stephen Campbell.