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Pronouns Working Together
Students will be able to select the correct pronoun to modify a singular or plural noun.
- Write the following sentence on the board: Mr. Herbert dropped the eggs when they slipped on the ice.
- Ask students to draw a picture that would go with the sentence. Give them five minutes to complete this drawing.
- Warn students that you won’t be answering any questions, and that they must complete this task on their own.
- Students will be confused, because the pronoun and noun don’t agree. It’s okay; let them struggle and discuss amongst themselves.
- Listen in on student conversations to assess whether students have figured out why the sentence is confusing.
Explicit instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Discuss the previous activity. Why was it confusing?
- Explain that the pronoun and noun don’t agree, meaning you can’t discern whether the person slipped on the ice or the eggs slipped on the ice.
- Distribute the worksheet Pronoun Agreement 1.
- Go over the lesson at the top of the page together.
Guided practice/Interactive modeling(15 minutes)
- Do exercises 1 through 7 together.
- Read the sentence with each pronoun to see which sounds correct. Don’t select an answer yet. For example, Mr. Herbert dropped the eggs when HE slipped on the ice, or Mr. Herbert dropped the eggs when THEY slipped on the ice.
- Point out any other plural nouns in the sentence and match that noun with each pronoun. For example, the plural noun "eggs" might confuse the meaning, since it is plural but the pronoun is actually referencing Mr. Herbert, which is singular.
- Draw arrows from the pronoun to the noun, pointing out that they are both singular or both plural.
Independent working time(15 minutes)
- Distribute the worksheet Pronoun Agreement 2.
- Instruct students to follow instructions similar to the last activity that you did together and complete the worksheet.
- Review the answers as a class.
- Invite students to share the sentences that they wrote.
Support: Write some sentences as a class as a shared writing activity.
- Enrichment: Instruct students to find examples of sentences that have pronoun-noun agreement in their independent reading books.
- Write two sentences on the board with a blank where the pronouns should go. One sentence should have a singular noun and one a plural noun.
- Instruct students to write the correct pronoun on a piece of paper or on a personal whiteboard.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Discuss: Why do nouns and pronouns have to agree? What would happen if that wasn’t a rule? Invite students to consider the initial sentence about Mr. Herbert.