Thursday, November 29, 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!

We used the story events from our story of the week,"Dogzilla" by Dav Pilkey,
to get ideas for our own  sentences 
with dependent clauses.

We hope you enjoy reading them!

Since it was the first annual cook-off, mice from all over the city of Mousopolis came to compete.
Brooke and Lia

While the ancient crater was shaking, the irresistible scent of barbecue sauce flew over the city, and the mice of Mousopolis heard a mysterious sound, “Sniff…sniff…sniff!”
Maya and Charlotte

Before Dogzilla came out of the enormous volcano, it began to tremble!
A.   J. and Tyler

Because Dogzilla breathed out horrible doggy-breath, the mice scampered away quickly!
Alexandra and Cinthia

During all the rampage, the Big Cheese and his troops organized an emergency meeting with the smartest rodent in town, Professor Scarlet O’Hairy!
Noel and Aidan F.

Since Dogzilla was destroying the town, nobody felt safe!
Jules and Cate

Because this monster, Dogzilla, came from prehistoric times, she was monstrous!
Matthew, Jackson, and Aiden R.

After the brave mice gave a Dogzilla a bath, she went back into the ancient volcano!
Alex and Shai

After the second annual cook-off, the mice were sure that they would never find Dogzilla again.
Anjolee and Rain

When puppies came out of the volcano, the Big Cheese and his troops felt so scared!
Christopher and Zachary


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!)


  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    Admittedly my favorite dependent clause was my group's.

    Here is one that I made up. Since my teacher has a blog, I like to post comments on it.

    My favorite dependent clause that I did not help make is Alex's and Shai's.


    1. Dear Jackson,

      I loved your comment. I especially enjoyed that you liked the comment that Shai and I wrote the best.

      Here is one clause I made up.

      Since I've known Bennett for a long time,he is my best friend.

      My favorite clause is Noel and Aidan. F's because it was very entertaining.


  2. Rain and Eilat (Rain's mom)November 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    My favorite dependent clause sentence was Noel's and Aiden F's. I liked our dependent clause sentence but I liked theirs better. Since you posted this blog, I am posting a comment.

    Does anyone know a dependent clause sentence that does not start with: "After, Before, Since, While, When, If, During"?

    ♔Rain♔ and ♥Eilat♥ (Rain's mom)

  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved everyone's dependent clause! I made up one! Because I like Christmas so much, I am extra decorating my room! I love clauses! They're simple and FUN! I am going to start writing paragraphs with dependent clauses in them!

    The word clause reminds me of Santa Claus!

    Does the word clause remind you of Santa Claus?

    Your dependent clause- loving student,

  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I enjoyed our lesson today, because I got to work with a partner. After the lesson, I felt really proud of myself. Because today I learned about dependent clauses, I used it in my blog comment.



  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    While I didn't know what to expect when reading your dependent and independent clauses, I was pleasantly surprised by your excellent sentences. If I were to have seen these written in one of my classes, I would have been proud of my students.

    With a great deal of thought, I was able to write a dependent clause not starting with "After, Before, Since, While, When, If, During" as suggested by Rain's mum. When I was your age, I also learned about clauses. After all these years, dependent clauses are still a part of my writing.

    Within my long comment, did I manage to write any dependent clauses?

    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    1. Dear Mr. Mannnell,

      It's great that you can do wonderful comments. All your sentences are dependent clauses.

      After I am finished writing a blog comment to you, I will read my silent reading book,. When I am done reading, my mom will set the timer for my practice multiplacation facts test.

      During my blog comment, did I write any bolded verbs or dependent clauses?


  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    My favorite clause is the one that Noel and I wrote. Brooke and Lia's clause is also very good.Sincethey were all very well written, it was extremely hard to pick. Making the dependent clause with Noel was truly fun.



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