Conjunctions: 7th Grade

Contributor: Delaine Thomas. Lesson ID: 12463

When it comes to conjunctions, we could go on and on and on and on, but we won't, for you would get tired of hearing about them, so we won't go on, yet you need to take this lesson to understand why!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


These men seem to have come to the end of their rope.

  • Can you solve their problem?

What problem are the men trying to solve in the above picture?

They need to join the two pieces of rope together. Could you help them solve their problem? What ideas do you have that you could suggest to them?

Conjunctions are like the solution to the problem that the men have, only they deal with clauses and phrases. A conjunction is a word that is used to connect clauses and sentences together. There are three kinds of conjunctions: coordinating, subordinating, and correlative.

  • A coordinating conjunction joins two or more words, compound subjects and predicates, or sentences. Coordinating conjunctions are:
    • and
    • but
    • or
    • nor
    • for
    • so
    • yet

For example, "John hopes he gets the job, but he is not worried about it." Both parts of the sentence, before and after the word "but," are complete sentences or independent clauses, joined together by the word “but.”

  • A correlative conjunction is a conjunction that connects noun phrases and verb phrases. Correlative conjunctions are used in pairs:
    • either, or
    • neither, nor
    • not only, but also
    • both, and
    • whether, or
    • and as, so.

For example, "At the party, Bob served both hamburgers and hot dogs." In this sentence, the correlative conjunctions "both" and "and" combine the two nouns "hamburgers" and "hot dogs."

Take out a piece of paper and pencil. As you watch Mometrix Academy's Coordinating and Correlative Conjunctions, write the definition of coordinating and correlative conjunctions and give an example of each:

  • A subordinating conjunction joins an independent clause to a dependent clause. Subordinating conjunctions are:
    • after
    • although
    • as
    • as if
    • as long as
    • as though
    • because
    • before
    • if
    • in order that
    • provided that
    • since
    • so
    • so that
    • that
    • though
    • till
    • unless
    • until
    • when
    • where
    • whereas
    • while

For example, "I will be able to drive when I get older." “I will be able to drive” is an independent clause and "I get older" is an independent clause.

Using the same piece of paper, watch Mometrix Academy's Subordinating Conjunctions. Write the definition of subordinating conjunction and give an example sentence:


Before you continue to the Got It? section, define each of the conjunctions reviewed and try to say the words that are used in each. Can you remember them all?

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