July 10, 2017
by Maggie Knutson

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Varsity Pronoun Review

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Students will be able to identify definite and indefinite pronouns, possessive and relative pronouns, and basic pronoun and antecedent agreement.

(10 minutes)
  • Write the following sentence on the board: “Rumpelstiltskin got Rumpelstiltskin’s book from the tree, and when Rumpelstiltskin was done reading, Rumpelstiltskin found out Rumpelstiltskin’s walking stick had been stolen. Rumpelstiltskin yelled, ‘A person that I can’t identify swiped Rumpelstiltskin’s stick!!’” (This sentence can also be found on the worksheet All Kinds of Pronouns: Introduction.)
  • Instruct students to turn to a neighbor and discuss the sentence. They will likely notice that the name is too repetitive.
  • Call on students to share ideas about how to make the sentence flow better and be less repetitive.
(10 minutes)
  • Distribute All Kinds of Pronouns: Introduction.
  • Review the different kinds of pronouns as outlined on the sheet. You will continue to use the Rumpelstiltskin sentence as a reference.
(30 minutes)
  • Complete the exercises at the bottom of the introduction sheet together. Discuss and reference the guide at the top when necessary.
  • Distribute Pronouns: Let’s Make an Agreement.
  • Go over the information at the top of the worksheet. It will lead you through the basics of pronoun–antecedent agreement.
  • Complete the exercises together, discussing and referencing the guide at the top when necessary.
(30 minutes)
  • Distribute All Kinds of Pronouns: Practice.
  • Instruct students to complete the exercises independently, then check their answers with a neighbor, discussing and using the references as a guide to address any discrepancies.


  • Students can review more basic pronouns using the optional worksheets linked in the materials.


(5 minutes)
  • Write a sentence on the board that has all three kinds of pronouns.
  • Point to each pronoun and have students hold up one finger if it’s definite, two fingers if it's possessive, and three fingers if it's relative.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students pretend that they are going to meet the three different kinds of pronouns and that they are going to have a chance to thank them. What would they say to thank definite, possessive, and relative pronouns for the work that they do? Students can quickly demonstrate for the class.

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