Action Verb Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is an action verb and how can they be used effectively in writing? This lesson plan uses an engaging text lesson that walks students through the basics of action verbs. An activity connects students with the action verbs in a fun way.

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'action verb'
  • list different examples of action verbs
  • distinguish between present, past, and future tense in action verbs

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.A

Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.D

Form and use regular and irregular verbs.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.E

Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses.

Materials

Instructions

Begin by writing the words 'action verb' on the board. Ask students:

  • What is a verb?
  • What is an action verb?

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