Phrase vs. Clause War Game
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After I teach students how to differentiate coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, and conjunctive adverbs, I review the differences between phrases and clauses. This activity allows student pairs to practice making the distinction as they compare text excerpts drawn during a “War” style card game. As an added bonus, this game can potentially be adapted to double as a pre-reading activity for Maupassant’s “The Necklace” because the phrases and clauses are taken directly from the opening passages of the short story. By the end of the game, students will have been exposed to a variety of phrase types and both independent and dependent clauses. They will also understand that both phrases and clauses can be long—or short.
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