If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Modal verbs such as could and would express possibility, as the installment of a compilation of informational handouts describes. A series of tables help explain the strength, frequency, and function of the words will, would, should, may, can, could, might, and must.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Come up with silly advice using different modal verbs, such as "If you think you might be hungry later, you should take up hunting and gathering."
  • Create a cloze reading activity where learners fill in the blanks with modal auxiliaries
Classroom Considerations

  • Aligns with elementary Common Core standards, but vocabulary appeals more to a high school or college audience

  • Uses visual elements to compare the meanings of different modal verbs

  • Some columns of text are too narrow, which makes it difficult to read the information they contain