Clauses: What Are They?
A clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a predicate. Clauses can be either independent or dependent. Clauses can be used to make longer, more complex sentences.
subject: The part of a sentence that names who or what the sentence is about. predicate: The part of a sentence that states something about the subject. independent clause: A clause that can stand alone as a complete sentence.
What do you think is the most important clause in the Constitution?
- The First Amendment
- The Second Amendment
- The Commerce Clause
- The Supremacy Clause
- The Equal Protection Clause
In English, all clauses begin with a capital letter. A single sentence can contain multiple independent clauses joined together with conjunctions. Clauses are often used to form complex sentences in literature and poetry.
Draw / write: What are the two types of clauses?
Draw / write: What is an example of an independent clause?
How could you apply what you've learned about clauses to a sentence?
What are the benefits of understanding the different types of clauses?