grammar 7th grade

My daughter has some homework in which she has to identify independent clauses and subordinate clauses as well as indentifying whether the sentence is simple, complex, or compound. I can help her with the last part, but don't know how to help her with the subordinate clauses and independent clauses. The sentences are so dang long! For example, the first one is: "Central-Phenix City's lunchroom was full Wednesday to witness one of Ron Nelson's final duties as football coach for the Red Devils as nine players signed letter of intent to play college football." HELP!

asked by Juliana
  1. Central-Phenix City's lunchroom was full Wednesday to witness one of Ron Nelson's final duties as football coach for the Red Devils = main (independent) clause

    as nine players signed letter of intent to play college football = subordinate (dependent) clause

    Dependent clauses are almost always introduced by a particular type of word: a subordinate conjunction, a relative pronoun, an interrogative pronoun, etc.

    Let me find some links for you.

    posted by Writeacher
  2. Central-Phenix City's lunchroom was full Wednesday to witness one of Ron Nelson's final duties as football coach for the Red Devils as nine players signed letter of intent to play college football

    Independent clause:
    Central-Phenix City's lunchroom was full Wednesday to witness one of Ron Nelson's final duties as football coach for the Red Devils

    Subordinate clause:
    as nine players signed letter of intent to play college football

    Check this site for excellent information about subordinate clauses.

    http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/subordinateclause.htm

    posted by Ms. Sue
  3. http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/clauses.htm
    **The powerpoint presentation is a good one.
    **Also, scroll down to the section on independent clauses, then to the section on dependent clauses.
    **There are also some good quizzes here that can help to reinforce the ideas.

    http://members.cox.net/lenco1/grammarpractice/clausesnav.htm
    from http://members.cox.net/teachro/
    Really good explanations and practice here.

    posted by Writeacher

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