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The Clause of All This Trouble - Locating Subjects and Verbs

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Teaching grammar can be such a monstrous chore! Make it a bit more palatable for your students and a bit easier on yourself with this grammar package that thoroughly covers locating the subject and verb of a main clause.

In order to help students write more mature and stylish (and correct) sentences, they must first be able to identify the subject and verb of a clause. And if your students are anything like mine, they can’t find a subject/verb combo with both hands and the help of a seeing eye dog. Here is a PowerPoint, a concise handout, and five exercises that will help them develop and hone the skill of locating the subject and verb of a main clause. The PowerPoint goes through the steps of locating the subject and the verb, the handout reiterates the steps and offers handy tips, and the five exercises provide plenty of challenging practice. Each of the five exercises is based on a silly monster theme (Cthulu, zombies, creepy clowns, B-movie monsters, and evil English teachers) and contain 20 carefully crafted simple sentences. But, these are pretty complicated simple sentences, full of participial phrases and infinitives that will challenge and entertain students. There is plenty of practice with compound subjects and verbs, as well. Good for older students and proficient/advanced students. Answer keys for all exercises included.

Once your students have mastered the basic step of locating a subject/verb combo, you’re ready to dive into compound and complex sentences. This item will make sure they have a strong foundation when you’re ready to move forward.

This item comes as a zipped file and includes a .pdf file of all exercises and handout and a six-slide PowerPoint.
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