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Articles in Grammar Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

If you are discussing grammar with your students, this lesson plan will help you explore definite and indefinite articles with your class. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students, will be able to:

  • define an article
  • identify a definite and indefinite article
  • choose the proper type of article for a given noun

Length

60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1.c

Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1.h

Use determiners (e.g., articles, demonstratives).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5.c

Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at home that are cozy).

Materials

Instructions

  • Begin this lesson by asking students to write a descriptive word about their outfit.
  • Allow students to share their answers.
  • Explain that students just used an adjective to describe their shirt and in this lesson they are going to explore two special types of adjectives: definite articles and indefinite articles.
  • Distribute a copy of What Are Articles in English Grammar? - Definition, Use & Examples lesson, start the video, pause at 1:33, then start the following discussion:
    • What is a noun? Give three examples of nouns.
    • What is an adjective? Give three examples of (typical) adjectives.
    • What is an article?
    • List the three articles given by the lesson - one definite article and two indefinite articles.
  • Play the video until the end and pose the following discussion points:
    • What are vowels?
    • What article(s) do we use with a noun that starts with a vowel sound?
    • What are some examples of consonants?
    • What article(s) do we use with a noun that starts with a consonant sound?
  • Next distribute copies of the lesson quiz to demonstrate learning. Students may complete independently or in pairs.
  • Review the answers to each of the quiz questions as a class, making sure to answer any outstanding questions students may have.

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