For the Good

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A Project For Adverbial Clauses

For this project, students search the web for activism opportunities. They could look for local events they can join like a charity walk or a cell phone drive. Or perhaps they can look for an online campaign working toward a cause they’re already interested in (perhaps they can donate €10 to help support an endangered species, for instance). Before they begin, you may want to find a few relevant opportunities yourself to help with their brainstorming, or at least to provide options for those who are unsure which avenues to pursue.

To be clear, students are not required to actually partake in these opportunities in order to complete the project (nor should you necessarily recommend that they join any particular one, especially if your students are minors). Hopefully, this project will increase the awareness of various needs and opportunities, and it’s up to your students whether they want to do anything about them in their own time.

Gathering Details

Once students have chosen an event or campaign, they need to find more information about it:

  • Why was it created (what triggered it)?

  • Who (which person or organization) organizes it?

  • What is the goal? Why should anyone get involved?

  • How long does/will it last?

  • Where can people engage with it (which location, or which website/app)?

  • What are similar/related events?

  • What difficulties does it face?

Hopefully, most or all of this information will be found on the official website, but students may need to browse forums or send emails (with your supervision and perhaps your account, if your students are minors) for any information they can’t find otherwise. Students should then express the answers to these questions as either ADVERBIAL CLAUSES or prepositional phrases. Check out the video below to see the difference.

Before you try this project with your class, you may want to check out this video on how to teach adverbial clauses by relating them to prepositional phrases, which students should already be comfortable with.

Here are some sample answers:

  • It was created because the Amazon rainforest is slowly being destroyed.

  • It it organized by the World Health Organization.

  • Volunteers gather to bring food to the homeless communities in their city.

  • It lasts until all the debris is cleared.

  • You can learn more at www.savethepenguins.com.

  • It involves a bake sale just like last year’s fundraiser for the chorus trip.

  • The march may be cancelled if there’s a blizzard this weekend.

Notice that each italicized section begins with a subordinating conjunction or a preposition. You may want to take advantage of our Subordinating Conjunctions printout, which comes with our Clauses Series Guide.

Final Product

Students should write a short paper with the description of the event/campaign, as well as the details they’ve gathered. Depending on your students’ level you may also choose for them to write a persuasive paragraph encouraging their classmates to get involved. If your students like visual activities, you can have them create a poster as well.

Students should share their findings with the rest of the class. They should also explain why they chose that particular event/campaign. At your discretion, they could also try to get their classmates interested in that or similar opportunities.

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For more on Adverbial Clauses, check out our Modifier Clauses Series. There are many types of adverbial clauses, which may seem daunting, but it’s a lot easier using the Insights method: adverbial clauses are almost the same a prepositional phrases! Watch our short video to learn more. You can even go beyond the video with printouts, slideshows, and grammar guides, all designed to help teachers teach with confidence!