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Pronoun lesson plan

Most everyone knows of pronouns, but sometimes K-12 students of all ages need reminders and teachers need to determine if their students have a thoroughly solid comprehension of them. Through using the resources presented in this article, you can aid your students in developing a true understanding of pronouns and enhancing their grammar skills in the process. In addition to the pronoun resources, we’re also including some bonus material on common grammatical errors and frequently misspelled words.

Webpage to Examine in Class:

LearnEnglish-Online.com: Pronouns

Learn English-Online is a great resource both for English learners and native speakers. It offers valuable tools for grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and writing skills assistance. This site also features preparatory resources for English language tests such as TOEIC, TOEFL, and IELTS.

This lesson will be concerned the pronoun section of the website. On this page, you’ll find definitions and explanations of subject pronouns, object pronouns, and prepositions. Knowledge of these building blocks for grammatically correct sentences is crucial for students to develop strong writing skills and strong speaking skills.

Among other lessons you’ll find on this page, subject pronouns are taught as being those referring to the person or thing performing the action within a sentence. Additionally, object pronouns are shown as referring to the being the person or object within a sentence to whom the action is being done or to whom a preposition refers.

Web Page to Examine in Class:

EnglishClub.com: Pronouns

EnglishClub.com is not a website that is overly visually stimulating and thus may unfortunately be overlooked by educators who are looking for a good tool on which to base lesson plans. Despite its minimally styled appearance, this site is an excellent resource for all things English and grammar. This is a site that offers advice and resources for teachers as well as English instruction both for native speakers and those who are learning the language as adults. This is website is 100% free and it provides lessons on parts of speech and exercises in reading, writing, and listening. It also features discussion forums and practice tests to see how well a user is learning the available materials.

For now, we’ll be focusing on the section of the website that is most powerfully conducive to creating lesson plans about pronouns. While the first page we discussed teaches about subject and object pronouns, this site will help to focus on reflexive pronouns, possessive pronouns, and pronouns as adjectives. Also explored are personal pronouns, relative pronouns, interrogative pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, reciprocal pronouns, and indefinite pronouns. This resource goes the extra mile on providing many examples and styles of pronouns and the correct usage methods for each one.

GrammarBank.com – Pronoun Chart

If you and/or your students prefer a more concise and visual way of learning over the use of text articles, then this pronoun chart infographic will be a valuable resource. This infographic is from Grammar Bank, a website that mainly focuses on teaching English as a second language. However, the charts, quizzes, and exercises this site offers also work perfectly well for students who are native speakers of English. This particular resource from their library is a chart that demonstrates subject pronouns, object pronouns, reflexive pronouns, possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives.

AvidCareerist.com – Ten Terrific Grammar Tips for Your Resume

This next educational resource comes courtesy of Avid Careerist. Rather than focusing solely on pronouns, this infographic also addresses some very common grammatical errors and arms students with the knowledge they need to avoid them. When any gr. 6-12 student poses the question "Why do I need to learn this?" you can remind them that many adults struggle with grammar, which is why this infographic exists. Also you can remind students that they should appear professional in their cover letter, resumes, social media profiles and more. Using proper grammar is a way to show your maturity and professionalism.

Getting a grip on good grammar

 
Avid Careerist is a great website to use in high school classrooms for students who are just about to break into the working world. It features a broad range of information and resources to help people of any age to learn how to write an effective resume, which is a key step in opening the door to long-term success. Job search advice is also available on this site, in addition to tips on effective networking and how to derive the maximum benefits of it.

Access this resume and grammar lesson infographic online

 

Pronoun Video Resources

  1. How to Use Pronouns

Source: Howcast

Grade Level: 7-12

Run Time: 3:35

Description: This video from Howcast gives some instruction on how to use pronouns. Best used for grades 7-12, this video teaches about personal, possessive, and reflexive pronouns. Advice is also imparted as to how to avoid pronoun confusion when writing sentences. Also illustrated is the trouble one will run into when trying to form sentences without the use of pronouns.

 

  1. English Language Basics: How to Use Pronouns

 

Source: Socratica

Grade Level: 9-12

Run Time: 4:27

Description: Famous for imparting knowledge with an element of dry wit, Socratica is an authority of online language arts instruction. In this video, which will be most effective when used for high school students, viewers are taught about the many different forms of pronouns. Included are personal, demonstrative, possessive, interrogative, indefinite, and relative pronouns.

  1. Pronoun – Schoolhouse Rock

 

Source: You Tube, user US Chronicle

Grade Level: 3-6

Run Time: 3:01

Description: This video comes from the legendary American educational series Schoolhouse Rock. It is aimed at a younger audience and will do well at teaching and entertaining elementary school students from grades 3 through 6. It offers basic lessons concerning object, interrogative, and possessive pronouns (though it does not refer to them by name.) This animated short will work as an effective introduction to a lesson on pronouns.

Reinforcement Exercises

Elementary Level Worksheet: This is a simple lesson that will work well with elementary-level students who are learning about pronouns. Construct a short story where there are blanks to fill in where pronouns should be. A pronoun word bank can be provided at the top of the sheet to help students along.

Middle/High School Level Worksheet: This worksheet will focus on the examination of a short narrative. In the narrative, incorrect pronouns will be included and it’s up to students to find them and correct them. This is an exercise that will also hone editing skills.

 

 

If you have any good pronoun-focused infographics, worksheets or videos that you use in the classroom, please share in the comments.

 

By Scott Kalapos, Education World Contributor