Archive for the ‘Subordinating Conjunctions’ Category

A couple of years ago I used a very short PowerPoint presentation on The Eight Parts of Speech. I made the presentation available to my students so that those who were confused about nouns, verbs, etc. could refer to it. I then decided that an expanded interactive presentation might be more beneficial. I also did not want to be tied to the traditional categories used in grammar.

I have now “completed” the expanded interactive version; however, as you can see from the title of the presentation, after some exploration, I decided to organize the presentation in the old, traditional way. While the categorization is old and traditional, the presentation of the material is not. The presentation is an interactive PowerPoint that allows students to follow their curiostiy by clicking on buttons. The second page of the presentation is “home,” and from there students can click on the part of speech that they would like to learn more about. I have also included an index. The icon for the index is in the upper right hand corner. Buttons in the bottom middle of the pages allow students to go back to the sections within the presentation.

In the future, I plan to expand some of the sections of the presentation. For prepositions of orientation, in particular, I imagine that  photos demonstrating the meanings of the words would be very helpful.



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I have been working with students on paragraphs of cause and effect for several years now and have never been able to find exactly the right materials to fit their level. Over time, I’ve worked up some materials and thought perhaps some of you could use them. There are three presentations:

1.   Subordinating Conjunctions

  • when
  • because
  • since
  • if
  • now that
  • so that

2.   Compound Prepositions

  • due to
  • because of
  • reasons for
  • causes of/for
  • result of
  • consequences of
  • effect of / effect on

3.   Sentence Transitions

  • therefore
  • for this reason
  • as a result
  • consequently
  • thus
  • that is why

The unit on cause and effect is not the first time my class works on subordinating conjunctions. We work on them early in the semester and use them again during the unit on time order and contrast.  Prepositions are also recycled throughout the semester, starting with prepositions for space and then time order. Later, we add some more when we work on process paragraphs. At that time, we mainly cover the prepositions used when giving instructions. The cause and effect prepositions are the most challenging of the semester.

I also wanted to remind you of the cause and effect concentration game that I made earlier. You can find the link to that post here: https://pjgalien.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/cause-and-effect-concentration-game/.

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