Lesson Plan

What is Subject-Verb Agreement?

What's the grammar rule? In this subject-verb agreement lesson plan, you will introduce your students to the basics of subject-verb agreement with one simple rule.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to build sentences in which the subject and verb agree.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Write a simple sentence on the board (e.g. The dog buries a bone.)
  • Ask students who or what is doing an action in this sentence (e.g. the dog).
  • Underline the word dog and explain that this is the subject of the sentence. Explain that the subject is the person, place, or thing that is doing something. Remind students that there may be other nouns in a sentence, but only the one doing the action is the subject.
  • Then, ask students to identify the action in the sentence (i.e. what the dog is doing).
  • Circle the word buries and explain that this is the verb. Remind students that a verb is a word that describes an action or state of being.
  • Write the definitions of subject and verb on the board for student reference.
  • Write several more sentences on the board, and invite students to come underline the subject and circle the verb in each sentence. (Examples: My cats chase mice. The kid runs home. Ants always eat my cookies.)