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Pronouns, Positioned!

Pronouns will no longer be a mystery to your students as they discover how to position and use them! In this lesson, students will explore the form and use of demonstrative and reflexive pronouns, clarifying the meaning in context.
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  • Locate and explain the meaning of pronouns.
  • Choose pronouns that match their corresponding antecedents within the context of sentences.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask the students what word they can find inside the word pronoun. (Answer: noun.)
  • Tell the students that they will be learning how to locate and choose pronouns that match the context of certain sentences.
(10 minutes)
  • Explain to the students that a pronoun stands for a noun.
  • Using examples from the classroom, act out the use of several different types of pronouns (including demonstrative and reflexive pronouns).
  • Write the sentences on the board as you act it out, circling the pronouns and explaining the pronoun choices and what they stand for.
(15 minutes)
  • Create a list of demonstrative and reflexive pronouns on the board using the suggested list.
  • Pair students and distribute several sentence strips to each set of students.
  • Ask the students to write sentences using several of the pronouns.
  • Have students swap their sentences with another group.
  • Invite all students to look at the sentences that they have received, locate the pronouns, and use the sentence to determine what the pronoun stands for. If they cannot tell what the pronoun stands for, ask them to write a question mark on the sentence strip and discuss with the other pair of students.
  • Guide the students in determining the meaning of pronouns.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask the students to complete the Pondering Pronouns worksheet.
  • Circulate around the room and provide additional prompting as needed.


  • Ask the students to complete the worksheet Pairing Up Pronouns.


  • Challenge students to locate other types of pronouns that can be used in the sentences to replace nouns.
  • Invite students to create electronic word webs, or Wordles, that show various ways pronouns can be used.
(5 minutes)
  • Give students several different pronouns and ask them to use them in context, explaining the use of each pronoun and what it represents.
(5 minutes)
  • Divide students into pairs or small groups.
  • Walk around the room with the grab bag of pronouns and invite each pair or group of students to choose a pronoun randomly out of the bag.
  • Ask all groups to construct a sentence with the chosen pronoun.
  • Once all groups are finished, ask them to share with the class.
  • Lead the students in a brief reflection and discussion on the purpose of pronouns and how they are used in sentences.

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