Subordinating conjunctions are conjunctions that show a relationship between two ideas and always come at the beginning of the secondary idea. Common subordinating conjunctions include: after, until, as, because, even though, now that, rather than, so that, that, when and while. The Turtle Diary lesson explains that subordinating conjunctions connect an independent clause with a dependent clause to create one sentence. The examples used are creative and descriptive making the lesson fun to learn. It is important for children to understand this concept as part of their language arts skills. Children with expertise in language arts become skilled readers and writers.