Parts of Speech: Building Blocks of Grammar (Pronouns)

Pronouns are the most helpful parts of speech! Model the ways that interrogative, indefinite, personal, and demonstrative pronouns can specify meaning and enhance writing with a hands-on activity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the activity after a grammar lesson on pronouns and parts of speech
  • Have class members provide their own examples of each type of pronoun in addition to the provided words
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson prompts learners to match Post-it® notes with the category of pronouns to lists of pronouns, but it would be more effective to reverse the activity and give class members examples of pronouns to match to a poster with the category written on the top
  • Consider specifying the difference between personal and possessive pronouns
  • Modify the activity to avoid embarrassing learners who are incorrect
Pros

  • Encourages group discussion and critical thinking skills
  • Allows pupils to leave their seats, faciliating more styles of learning and engagment
Cons

  • The presentation only works in conjunction with the lesson, and can be difficult to understand due to graphics and images
Common Core