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.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Preview with Post-Its! lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Preview with Post-Its! lesson plan.



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


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


(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).