Lesson Plan

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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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to understand the subject and predicate of a sentence as well as identify sentence fragments.


(10 minutes)
Two Parts of a SentenceSubject and PredicateComplete SentencesSentence or Fragment?Compound Predicate
  • 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.