Teacher Activity for “If I,” Adverb Clauses Description: This song can be used to teach adverb clauses of time, cause, and condition. Each full line of text contains at least one adverb. Before the song (choose one or more of the following): 1. Board work: Ask students to think of adverbs for the following sentences: a. The man ran ______________(Example: quickly, excitedly, joyfully) b. John loved his wife __________(Ex.: desperately, completely) c. The nervous girl laughed _______________. (Ex.: inappropriately, ridiculously, uncontrollably) 2. Now ask students what these phrases modify (it’s the verb) a. The man ran because he stole some money. b. John loved his wife even though his parents did not approve. c. The nervous girl laughed after the boy told his jokes. 3. Discuss how adverb clauses are multi-word adverbs. In other words, they are clauses that modify a verb. You may wish to discuss the different kinds of adverb clause connectors (time: when, before, after contrast: while, whereas condition: if, even though, although cause: because, since) During the song (choose one or more of the following): 1. Have students fill out the cloze passage OR 2. Have students underline all of the adverb clauses that they see in the song. Inform them that each line of the song contains one adverb clause. After the song (choose one or more of the following): 1. Inform students that each adverb clause contains a connector word, subject, and verb. Have them label each adverb clause with a C (for connector), S (for subject), and V (for verb). Creative ideas (For more creative ideas, go to “Creative Ideas” on the homepage.) 1. Use the flashcards to continue teaching the grammatical elements of adverb clauses. The flashcards help students to see how to add grammatical structures to the base sentence: Subject + Verb + Object. 2. Have students work in pairs to answer questions provided in the worksheet “Adverb Clause Worksheet.” “If I,” Adverb Clauses (cloze passage) My girl asked me yesterday: (1) __________________, will you still love me? (2) __________________, would you still care? (3) __________________, perhaps I’ll get fat as a barge. (4) __________________, would you be there? chorus: And I told her, Dear, (5) ____________________, I’ll still love you as much that day ((6) _____________________ and have wrinkles on your face). I’ll look into your eyes with mine (7) ____________________ (8) ___________________, you would not be mine. And then I asked my girl: (9) ______________________, will you still love me? (10) _____________________, would you still care? (11) _____________________, to drive to work, or read a book, (after I lose my mind) will you be there? chorus: And she told me: (12) ____________________, I’ll still love you as much that day ((13) ___________________ and have wrinkles on your face). I’ll look into your eyes with mine (14) ____________________, (15) ______________________, you would not be mine.