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Finding the Subject and Predicate

Help your students avoid the dreaded sentence fragment with this lesson that gives young writers the building blocks they need to succeed in English class.
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Students will be able to understand the subject and predicate of a sentence as well as identify sentence fragments.

(10 minutes)
  • Give the definition for subject, the person or thing being discussed in a sentence, and for predicate, the part of the sentence containing a verb and discussing the subject.
  • Write an example sentence on the board and underline the subject once and the predicate twice.
  • Ask students to write a short sentence in their notebooks and underline the different parts as you did.
  • Ask students to share their sentences as you write them on the whiteboard.
(20 minutes)
  • Hand out the Two Parts of a Sentence worksheet.
  • Complete numbers 2 and 3 together.
  • Allow students to finish independently.
  • Use the document camera to go over the answers. Make sure students correct their answers if they answered incorrectly.
(10 minutes)
  • Hand out the Subject and Predicate worksheet.
  • Help struggling students as the class completes the worksheet.
  • Review answers on the document camera.
(20 minutes)
  • Have students write 10-15 sentences of their own. Give an expected length for the sentences depending on the fluency of your class.
  • Have students trade papers with a partner.
  • Have students underline the subject once and the predicate twice on their partners' sentences.
  • Hand out the Complete Sentences and Sentence or Fragment? #1 worksheets.
  • Have students work on these two sheets independently.
  • Enrichment: Students who complete their work early may be allowed to complete the Compound Predicate worksheet for a challenge.
  • Support: Work with struggling students one-on-one to identify the subjects and predicates of sentences.
(15 minutes)
  • Go over the answers for the worksheets on the document camera.
  • Collect student worksheets and check for correctness.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students give you sentences of which you will find the subject and predicate on the board.
  • Allow students to ask any final questions or voice any concerns they may have about the lesson.

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