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A Poetry lesson to teach the Subordinate Clause
Language Arts Using Poetry to Teach the Subordinate Clause by Ann Bordelon Grade Level : 9 Time: one class period Objective: Students will: 1. Identify and use subordinating conjunctions 2. Identify subordinate clauses 3. Correctly punctuate subordinate clauses 4. Write an original eight line poem Materials and Procedures:
Supply the students with a list of commonly used subordinating conjunctions. This can be a handout, a list written on the board, or the page number on which the list can be located in their text.
Establish the guidelines: It is best to write the guidelines and the example on the board.
1. You must write two stanzas of five lines each. (Teacher note: You may vary the number of stanzas or the stanza length depending on the class level).
2. The first four lines of each stanza must begin with a word from the list of subordinators and cannot be a complete sentence.
3. The last line of the stanza cannot begin with a subordinator and must be a complete sentence.
4. The first word of each line must begin with a capital letter.
5. The first four lines are punctuated with a comma, and the last line is punctuated with a period.
Sentence Order: Subordinator – Subject – Verb
Whenever I get up, After the alarm clock has gone off, Before the sun comes up, As I stumble to the shower, I slowly get ready for my day of school. When I arrive at school, As I am talking to my friends, Before classes begin, While I do my work, I long to be back in my cozy bed.
Have the students peer edit each other’s poems to see if the guidelines were followed. Have students write a final copy. Students usually enjoy sharing their poems with the class.
NOTE: MAKING GRAMMAR FUN
This idea can easily be adapted to other parts of speech. I have successfully used this poem format to teach prepositions and the prepositional phrase. My students love writing these “grammar” poems as they are fondly call them.