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Ch 4: Middle School Language Arts: Verbs, Tenses & Agreement

About This Chapter

The basic use of verbs and their relationship to other words is highlighted in this chapter for middle school students. Instructors teach this material through video lessons and offer quizzes to test students' knowledge of the content.

Verbs, Tenses and Agreement - Chapter Summary

After reviewing this chapter, middle school students should have a thorough understanding of verb usage, tense and agreement. Typically taking less than 10 minutes to watch, these fun video lessons offer clear definitions and engaging examples to help young learners grasp this grammar material. Students will explore types of verbs, subject-verb agreement and common verb tense errors. You can use the accompanying multiple-choice lesson quizzes to gauge middle schoolers' understanding of verbs.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples Learn the purpose and meaning of linking, action and auxiliary verbs.
Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement Discover ways to construct a sentence using proper subject-verb agreement and tense.
Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns This lesson examines the rules for pairing verbs with uncommon nouns and pronouns.
Identifying Errors of Verb Tense Discover how to spot the incorrect verb tense in a sentence.
What is the Progressive Verb Tense? - Examples, Lesson & Quiz Receive a definition of the term progressive verb tense and see samples of it.
How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs Understand the ways to construct a sentence using phrasal verbs or idioms.
What is a Transitive Verb? - Definition & Examples Instructors explain the meaning and purpose of a transitive verb.
Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors See common subject-verb agreement mistakes.
Identifying Errors with Indefinite Pronoun-Verb Agreement Find out ways to fix indefinite pronoun-verb agreement errors.
Using the Correct Verb with Compound Subjects Identify ways to use the proper verb with compound subjects.
Active and Passive Voice Learn the differences between passive and active voices.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: Middle School Language Arts: Verbs, Tenses & Agreement
Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

1. Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

Do you think that a verb is just a verb? Check out this lesson to learn about the differences among action verbs, linking verbs, and auxiliary/helping verbs.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

2. Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

Learn all about verb tense and subject-verb agreement in our first lesson on this tricky topic. We'll look at examples to help you understand this concept.

Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

3. Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

Subject-verb agreement is a tricky beast. Learn which uncommon singular and plural nouns and pronouns are most likely to trip you up when trying to craft essays with good grammar.

Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

4. Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

In order to identify verb tense errors, you'll need to learn about the six verb tenses and how they differ. Once you know how to look for them, problematic shifts in verb tenses can be spotted and avoided easily.

How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

5. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.

Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

6. Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

It's important that the subject and verb in every sentence agree in number. While it's often easy to make this happen, there are a few situations in which it can be tricky to achieve subject-verb agreement. This lesson explains how you can be sure to pair the right verb with a subject.

Active and Passive Voice

7. Active and Passive Voice

No one likes a passive person, so why should you write in the passive voice? You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice' You may have even been told not write in the former. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to cludgy passive sentences into bright, active ones.

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