Identifying and Using Determiners

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Being able to identify and use determiners allows students to write with more clarity and understand the specific meanings in text when determiners are used to identify objects. Students who fluently identify and use determiners will have better command of the language and will not make errors in usage that could cause confusion in writing or reading.

Identifying and Using Determiners Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Identifying and Using Determiners
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Identifying and Using Determiners
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Being able to identify and use determiners allows students to write with more clarity and understand the specific meanings in text when determiners are used to identify objects. Students who fluently identify and use determiners will have better command of the language and will not make errors in usage that could cause confusion in writing or reading.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Sit in the front of the room or gathering area with several books and pieces of fruit (either apples or oranges, or pictures of the same) in front of you.
  2. Ask the children which is correct- “I have a books” or “ I have some books.” Students should identify that several books will earn the phrase “some books.” Now put only one book in front of you and ask them if you should change your sentence. The students should identify that one book will earn the phrase “a book”. Ask why it changes. Students should identify that when there are multiple objects, you have “some”, while a single item means you have “a/an” or “the”. Use a book vs. an apple or orange to demonstrate the use of “a” vs. “an” based on the beginning sound of the word. Words with vowels use the determiner “an”. Demonstrate that one orange or apple is referred to as an orange /apple, but when you have more than one (put all three pieces of fruit out)they are still referred to as “some oranges/apples.”
  3. Explain: These words, such as some, a, the, an, this, that, some, few, many and others are called determiners. They help writers and readers determine exactly what the author is talking about. These small words can help readers understand if the author is talking about a specific item, demonstrate which item is being referred to, or how many items the author is referring to.
  4. Create an anchor chart that is set up like this table. Fill in the left side, but ask the students to assist you in creating answers and examples so that you can check for understanding and they can practice creating definitions for the roles of determiners.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1.H

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 2

Additional Resources:

  • www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/powerpoints/determiners.pptx
  • Many more teaching resources in Download!

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Language Arts