Finding the Subject and Predicate
Students will be able to understand the subject and predicate of a sentence as well as identify sentence fragments.
Introduction (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.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (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.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Hand out the Subject and Predicate worksheet.
- Help struggling students as the class completes the worksheet.
- Review answers on the document camera.
Independent Working Time (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.
Assessment (15 minutes)
- Go over the answers for the worksheets on the document camera.
- Collect student worksheets and check for correctness.
Review and Closing (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.