Unemployed people along the Gulf of Mexico are being given jobs cleaning up the beaches.
What is the complete verb? --> are being given
Who or what are being given? --> Unemployed people (along the gulf of Mexico)
[A]re being given what or whom? --> jobs
What question does cleaning up the beaches answer? --> what kind of jobs?
If it answers what kind, we know that the part of speech is what? --> adjective
If it's an adjective, it modifies a noun. What noun? --> jobs
Does the adjective look like a verb but act like an adjective? --> yes
Then the phrase is participial, modifying the noun jobs
This is where I would arrive. What do you think of this interpretation?
Thank you so much. As your students probably tell you: