The lesson focuses on pronoun-antecedent agreement. Pronouns are briefly reviewed at the beginning of the lesson, and a chart of pronouns is included for student reference. Seven rules for correct pronoun-antecedent are listed in the lesson along with examples for each rule. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other lessons related to pronouns and grammar.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Display the following sentence: Ava took Ava’s dog for a walk, and then Ava met Ava’s brother after school. Ask students: What is wrong with the sentence, and how can it be improved?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to create other sentences without pronouns, and then change them to sentences with pronouns. This may be done orally or on paper.
- Allow students to share the sentences. Introduce Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement to the class.
- Distribute Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Encourage students to make the story silly, which will help make it easier to use the different pronouns. Allow sufficient time for the story’s completion.
- Once completed, each pair of students will read their stories aloud to the class. You may also choose story sharing between the pairs of students.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students: If you had to change your name to a pronoun, which one would you choose and why?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask two students to begin speaking to each other using their “new” names. Allow other students to do the same.
Common Core State Standards:
None for Grade 4
Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions
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