Monday, January 23, 2012

Classy Clauses!

Mrs. Ranney's students have learned that one clever way to add class to your writing is to use a 
variety of sentence types!

One type that we have learned to write is a sentence that starts with a dependent clause.

Dependent clauses start with special words:
After, Before, Since, While, When, If, During.

 A dependent clause ends with a comma and cannot stand alone as a sentence. It must be followed by an independent clause
which is a sentence that can stand alone!


Here are some excellent examples of sentences with dependent clauses
written by students in our class:



If mischievous Badger Claws had not gone into the 
hot sweat house, he would not have been caught!
(by Aviv and Gregory) 


After the Shaman left the brave Badger Claws in the high mountains, Badger Claws took a nap.
(by Maya and Nicole)


If Badger Claws shoots the fluffy, furry rabbit, he will have to skin it, clean it, and cook it before he eats it.  
(by Hayley and Melissa)


Since Badger Claws couldn't shoot a furry rabbit, he practiced shooting down the bumpy trail.
(by Arielle and Eve)


After Badger Claws shot a furry, little rabbit, he needed to skin the rabbit's soft fur.
(by Adam and Michael)


When Badger Claws woke up in the freezing night, 
he saw monstrous "grizzly bears!"
(by Bella and Vanessa)


Since brave Badger Claws found out the tracks were 
little raccoon tracks, he was laughing like crazy!
(by Jace and Nate)

After Badger Claws saw tiny raccoon tracks, he laughed 
super hard at himself!
(by Andrew, Josh, and Oliver)


When Badger Claws saw the scary coyotes, he 
was terribly frightened!
(by Grace and Sydney)


When Badger Claws saw the scary coyotes, he stood still like a frozen statue.
(by Adar and Dylan)




If Badger Claws had thought of the hard rain first, 
he would have collected dry wood earlier.
(By Francesca and Quynh-Anh)





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How did you like our classy clauses!

If you have a sentence with a dependent clause that you'd like to share, we'd love to read it! 
(Hey, that was a dependent clause sentence!)

It can be about any subject!

Mrs. Ranney's students:
Remember that you may submit you spelling 
homework this week here rather than on paper!


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46 comments:

  1. Dear Class

    Here are my 2 sentences using meadow and village: After Badger Claws left the meadow to gather acorns, he heard noises. If I lived in the village of Matilha, I would live a few miles away from the ocean.

    Your classmate,
    Josh

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    Replies
    1. Wow, Josh, you were very quick to get those sentences completed and submitted! Excellent job!
      Regards,
      Mrs. Ranney

      Delete
  2. Dear Class,

    Here are my 2 sentences using meadow and village:

    After a long hike up the hill with my family, we see many flowers in the meadows.

    Since Badger Claws lives in the village of Matilha, he sees many houses called aps.

    Best Regards,
    Grace

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  3. Dear class,

    When Badger Claws made an ap,he used alfalfa and tule and called it a mini village. Since Badger Claws stayed in the meadow for two moons, he made some animal friends.

    Your classmate,
    Melissa

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  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Here are my sentences for homework using meadow and village :

    When I went to the meadow, I played football.

    After Badger Claws left the village, he was left in the mountains by himself.

    Best Regards,

    Andrew

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  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Here are my sentences for meadow and village.
    When Badger Claws went into the meadow, he took his fire with him. After Badger claws left the Matilha village, he shot a rabbit.

    Yours truly,
    Nate

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  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Here are my sentences with dependent clauses:

    When I was riding my bike home, I saw a small deer eating grass in the green meadow.

    Since it was important for the Chumash tribe to not waste anything, everyone in the village found a use for all food and objects.

    See you in the morning,
    Adam

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  7. Dear Class,

    Here are my 2 sentences using meadow and village:

    Since Badger Claws gathered grass from the meadow,he was able to make an ap out of the grass.

    When Badger Claws left the village of Matilha,the Shamon dropped him off in the middle of the canyon.

    Sincerely,
    Eve

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  8. Dear Class,

    Here are my 2 sentences using Meadow and Village.

    After the deer drinks the water from the meadow,
    the deer will take a nap.

    Since the village was very crowded, the Chumash tribe had a hard time getting in and out of the stores.

    Your Classmate
    Michael

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  9. Dear Mrs.Ranney,


    Here are my two great sentences using village and meadow: When Badger Claws was in his ap, he heard noises outside the meadow. Since Badger Claws was in the living in the little village, he named it little Matilha.

    Your Student,
    Francesca

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  10. Dear Class,

    Here are my two sentences using firelight and crouch:

    During the night time, we use the glowing firelight to help us see.

    When my brother and I are playing hide and seek, we crouch so no one can see us.

    Sincerely,
    Grace

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  11. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,
    Here are my two sentences for homework:

    After Badger Claws woke up, he saw adorable Little Silver Tip crouched by the burning fire.

    When Badger Claws was making his fire, he created firelight in the sky.

    Best Wishes,
    Bella

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  12. Dear Class,

    My sentences for firelight and crouch are:

    After Badger Claw's pleasant firelight went out, he went into a deep sleep.

    When I crouch, I put my little hands on the stiff ground.

    Regards,
    Quynh-Anh

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  13. Dear Class,

    Here are my 2 dependent clauses using firelight and crouch:

    If I made a fire, it would give firelight

    While I was playing hide and seek, I had to crouch in my hiding spot.

    Sincerely,
    Josh

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  14. Dear Class,

    Here are two sentences for firelight and crouch:

    Since the firelight is so bright, we can make shadows.

    Before I sweep under my bird's cage, I have to crouch down.

    Regards,
    Hayley

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    Replies
    1. Dear Mrs Ranney and Class,

      Here are two sentences for firelight and crouch

      Since the firelight is so bright, we can make funny shadows!

      Before I sweep under my pretty bird's cage, I have to crouch down.

      Regards,
      Hayley

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    2. @Hayley, you've done a wonderful job of adding adjectives to your sentences!
      Regards,
      Mrs. Ranney

      Delete
    3. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

      When I arrived home, My mom suggested I should type a comment. The two words I am going to use are suggest and interrupted. Here is my first classical clause: After I found out that I could do my spelling homework on the blog, I suggested to do it on this post.

      Here is my second classical clause: When my brother was reading a book to my mom, I interrupted him and he had to start all over.

      If you have a classical clause please share it with me.

      Looking forward to your clauses,

      Nicole

      P.S. The first sentence in my comment is a clause with the word suggest.

      Delete
  15. Dear Class,

    Here are my sentences for firelight and crouch:

    When I sat by the hot firelight, I got warmer.

    After I crouched for a long time, my tired knees hurt.

    Sincerely,
    Andrew

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  16. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    Here are my sentences using firelight and crouch:

    After Badger Claws saw the vivid firelight, he felt cheerful.

    Before I hunt, I crouch behind the thick bush.

    Your Student,
    Francesca♥

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  17. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Here are my sentences for firelight and crouch.

    While I was making a fire, I had a glowing firelight.

    After I crouch, I am extremely low to the ground.

    Best wishes,
    Nate

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  18. Dear Class,

    Here are my sentences for firelight and crouched:

    When I sat by the bright firelight , everything seemed to glow around me.

    Since I crouched so much,my knees became bruised.

    Hasta luego,
    Eve

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  19. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,


    Here are my sentences with dependent clauses using firelight and crouch.

    When I was making the delicious s'mores on our camping trip, the bright firelight burned the marshmallows.

    During the shaking earthquake, I had to crouch under my wooden desk.


    Sincerely,
    Adam

    ReplyDelete
  20. Dear Class,

    Here are my 2 sentences forfirelight and crouched.

    When Badger Claws made a fire, the Firefight brightened the room.

    After Badger Claws made the fire he crouched down to get warm.

    Yours Truly,
    Michael

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  21. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    These are my two sentences using firelight and crouch:

    During the scary fire drill, we all had to crouch down under our dark desks.

    After the boys started the fire, the firelight made the house very warm and cozy.


    Sincerely,

    Dylan

    ReplyDelete
  22. Dear Class,

    Here are my two sentences for firelight and crouch:
    Since I was a baby, I have always thought that firelight was very beautiful. When I went to the puppy store, I crouched down to pet two baby huskies.

    See you in class,
    Melissa

    ReplyDelete
  23. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Here are my sentences for raccoon and shining.

    When Badger Claws saved an adorable raccoon, he named it Little Silver Tip.

    After a beautiful shining day, it was pouring rain!

    Regards,
    Nate

    ReplyDelete
  24. Dear Mrs.Ranney,
    Here are my 2 sentences using raccoon and shining:


    When Badger Claws found a cute furry raccoon, he named him Little Silver Tip.If I see bright fire shining, I start to get hot.

    Best wishes
    Francesca:)

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  25. Dear Class,

    My sentences for shining and raccoon are:

    When I went camping, I started a bright, shining, magnificent fire that danced delicately with beauty across the withered, rugged wood.

    After daylight went out, I saw a little, cute raccoon taking a midnight stroll under the breath taking view of the dazzling, full moon.

    Regards,

    Quynh-Anh♥

    ReplyDelete
  26. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    These are my two sentences using raccoon and shining:

    When I saw a scary and smelly raccoon, I was very frightened.

    During my baseball game, the moon was shining brightly.

    Yours Truly,

    Dylan

    ReplyDelete
  27. Dear Class,

    Here are my sentences for raccoon and shining :

    After Badger Claws rescued a small helpless raccoon, he kept him as a pet.

    When I saw the shining sun, my eyes couldn't stand the brightness.

    See you tomorrow,

    Andrew

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  28. Dear Class,

    Here are my dependent clause sentences using raccoon and shining :

    When I was at my old house, I saw a baby raccoon sprinting through the green bushes in my backyard.

    After I read my interesting book, I looked out the window and saw a bright and shining star.

    Sincerely,
    Adam

    ReplyDelete
  29. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Here are my two sentences for homework:

    After adorable Little Silver Tip, the raccoon was brought home, Badger Claws tied a green string around his furry leg.
    When Badger Claws saw the shining light from the fire, he was amazed to see all of the beautiful, bright colors.

    Best Wishes
    Bella

    ReplyDelete
  30. Dear Class,

    Here are my 2 sentences using raccoon and shining:

    When I get home from school, I want to look for beautiful, shining treasures in my neighborhood.

    Since I already have plans after school, I will have to hunt for ugly raccoons tomorrow.

    Sincerely,

    Josh

    ReplyDelete
  31. Dear Class,

    Here are my two sentences using raccoon and shining:

    When I have play dates with my amazing friends, we play games and we find shining treasures.

    After my friend saw a dead raccoon, she was terribly grossed out.

    Best Wishes,
    Grace

    ReplyDelete
  32. Dear Mrs Ranney and Class,

    Here are my sentences using raccoon and shining:

    When I play in my big back yard,the sun is shining brightly on my face.

    When I saw the raccoon quickly running by, I was horribly frightened by it.

    Ciao,
    Eve♥

    ReplyDelete
  33. Andrew and Josh♔January 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Dear Class,

    Since we are at the end of Badger Claws, we'd like to tell you our favorite part.
    Our favorite part of the story is when Badger Claws kills Old Silver Tip.

    What is your favorite part of Badger Claws?

    Yours truly,
    Andrew and Josh♔★

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  34. Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,

    Here are my fantastic two sentences for the words raccoon and shining:

    While I was sprinting on the steep mountain trail, I saw a hairy raccoon.

    While the moon was shining in the starry sky, a bright glittering shooting star came out of nowhere.

    See you is several hours,
    Sydney

    ReplyDelete
  35. Dear Class,

    Here are Josh's spelling sentences:

    When it was raining, I suggested to make a fort.
    While I was talking about basketball, my brother interrupted me.

    Here are Dylan's spelling sentences:

    When I was playing baseball, I suggested to try to play shortstop.
    While my sister was talking, I interrupted her.

    Sincerely,
    Dylan and Josh

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  36. Dear Class,

    Here are my sentences for suggested and interrupted.

    When it was snowing in Mammoth, I suggested that my family and I put on warmer clothes before we went skiing.

    While I was talking about my wonderful book, my brother interrupted me to tell me to quiet down.

    Regards,
    Quynh-Anh ☆

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  37. Dear Class,
    Here are my sentences for suggested and interrupted:

    While I was sleeping, my alarm clock interrupted me and I woke up.
    When I suggestedwe should go inside to get out of the rain,nobody wanted to.

    Sincerely,
    Andrew

    ReplyDelete
  38. Dear Class,

    Here are my dependent clause sentences using suggested and interrupted.

    When I my mom asked what I should have for dinner, I suggested buttery delicious pasta.

    While our competitive team played basketball, the blaring bell interrupted our game.


    Sincerely,
    Adam

    ReplyDelete
  39. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Here are my spelling sentences for suggested and interrupted:
    When My brother and I got bored, I suggested we play with our bird Blaze.
    When I was little, my mom told me it was rude when I interrupted her conversation.
    SIncerely,
    Hayley

    ReplyDelete
  40. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Here are my dependent clauses for spelling homework:

    When my sister spilled her juice, I suggested changing her shirt.

    When I was talking to my mom, my sister interrupted.

    Sincerely,
    Arielle

    ReplyDelete
  41. Dear Class,
    Here are my spelling sentences for varied and scarce:

    If one million dollar bills were real, they would be scarce.
    When my dad went to college, he had a variety of choices about which college to go to like Wisconsin, Rutgers or Indiana.

    Sincerely,
    Josh

    ReplyDelete
  42. Dear Class

    Here are my sentences for varied and scarce:

    Before I went to the international market in New York, I asked my mom if I could try a variety of delicious food.

    When my air conditioner broke, cool air in the summer was very scarce.

    Regards,
    Quynh-Anh♥

    ReplyDelete

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