Tutoring Subordinating and Coordinating Clauses. Drop the Jargon- Keep it Simple. First, Get Back to Basics (Scaffold). Explain what a sentence is – A sentence contains a subject, verb, and complete idea Next explain what a clause is –
Drop the Jargon-
Keep it Simple
Student: I don’t know.
Tutor: What does the word dependent mean to you?
Student: To rely on somebody else. Like some co- dependent relative you can’t get rid of.
Tutor: Exactly. The dependent clause is the same way. It can’t stand alone. It relies on the dependent clause for its meaning.