Clauses describes how to identify and correctly use an independent or dependent (subordinate) clause. It also explains the difference between noun, adjective, and adverb clauses.

There are several suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section that you might want to take advantage of for your class. One option is to increase or decrease the number of sentences for the activity according to the needs of your students. You could also have students label the type of clause for each sentence in the activity. Another option is to allow the class to vote on the most creative sentence (of funniest, strangest, etc.) from the activity worksheet.

Sign Up to Download


What our Clauses lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Clauses teaches students how to identify clauses and distinguish between independent and dependent clauses. They will also be able to determine whether a clause is a noun, adjective, or adverb clause.

The lesson contains three content pages that explain how to identify and define a clause. The lesson defines independent clause and dependent clause first. Students will learn how to distinguish between the two based on the rules for each. They will also learn some subordinating conjunctions that will help them remember when a clause is dependent.

Students will also learn about the noun clause, adjective clause, and adverb clause. The lesson defines and explains each type and provides some examples to analyze.


Students can work by themselves, with a partner, or in a group for the activity. They will cut apart the words and phrases in the table on the worksheet. Then they will have to create 25 sentences by arranging the words. They can use the words and phrases multiple times. Their sentences do not have to make sense, but students must write the sentences correctly. They can write all the sentences on a separate sheet of lined paper. All the students will share some of their sentences with the class.


There are several sections on the practice worksheet. The first section contains 10 sentences. Students must circle the independent clause and underline the dependent clause in each sentence. The second section requires students to circle the noun clause in each of five sentences. Then they must circle the adjective clause in five sentences. Finally, they will circle the adverb clause in five sentences.


For the homework assignment, students will use a book, magazine, or newspaper to find specific sentences. They will write three sentences for each section that follows the bolded instructions. There are five sections total.

Additional information


6th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.