Lesson Plan

Exploring Reflexive Pronouns

Use this lesson to help your EL students recognize and use reflexive pronouns. This lesson can be used as a stand alone activity or a support lesson for Preview with Post-Its.
Download lesson plan
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Preview with Post-Its! lesson plan.
Grade
Subject
View aligned standards
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Preview with Post-Its! lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to read grade level text with purpose and understanding.

Language

Students will be able to recognize reflexive pronouns in grade level text using a peer review checklist.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
Formative Assessment: Peer Assessment ChecklistVocabulary Cards: Exploring Reflexive PronounsGlossary: Exploring Reflexive PronounsTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives Reference
  • Write the following sentence on the board:
    • The little boy saw himself in the water.
  • Call on a student to read the sentence aloud and circle the subject of the sentence.
  • Remind students that the subject of a sentence is who or what the sentence is about.
  • Explain to the students that today they will be learning about a part of speech called reflexive pronouns. Write the words "reflexive pronouns" on the board. Tell students that a reflexive pronoun is a pronoun that refers back to the subject of the sentence. Explain that reflexive pronouns are used when the subject and the object of the sentences are the same.
  • Circle the word himself in the sentence you wrote on the board. Explain to students that himself, the object, is also referring to the boy.
  • Tell students that reflexive pronouns can also be used to emphasize the subject.
  • Write the next sentence on the board:
    • The girl will pick up the toys herself.
  • Explain to students that the word herself emphasizes that the girl will do the job on her own.
  • Ask students to raise their hands if they have heard or read a reflexive pronoun before. Remind students that learning to recognize and use new parts of speech will help them become better readers.
  • Tell students that they can use the image of a mirror to think about reflexive pronouns because a mirror's job is to reflect back to you, just like a reflexive pronoun. Ask the students to stand up and repeat the following choral chant and movement:
    • I (point to self) see (point to eyes) myself (draw a mirror with fingers) reflexive pronoun (clap to the rhythm of the syllables).