Correlative Conjunctions Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson plan uses whole class work, small groups, interactive activities and a writing assignment to introduce and practice the rules for using correlative conjunctions correctly.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, the students will be able to:

  • identify the five most common pairs of correlative conjunctions
  • define the role of correlative conjunctions
  • construct sentences containing correlative conjunctions that have appropriate subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, and parallel structure


  • 1 hour

Curriculum Standards


Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Correlative conjunction
  • Agreement
  • Antecedent
  • Parallel structure


  • Copies of the lesson What Are Correlative Conjunctions? - Definition & Examples
  • Copies of the quiz
  • Paragraph containing multiple errors in agreement, both subject/verb and pronoun/antecedent
  • Examples of sentences with correlative conjunctions where students must choose the appropriate verb or antecedent
  • Collection of phrases, clauses, and single words for parallel structure improv

Lesson Instructions & Activities

Introducing Correlative Conjunctions

  • Briefly review the function of conjunctions and brainstorm conjunctions.
  • Read the first two sections of the lesson, What Are Correlative Conjunctions? - Definition & Examples, ''What Is a Correlative Conjunction?'' and ''Rules for Use.''
  • Lead students in the ''Correlative Conjunction Chant.'' (It's silly, but it will stick in their heads!)
    • Teacher: I say both, you say
    • Students: and!
    • Teacher: both
    • Students: and!
    • Repeat with other correlative conjunction pairs.


  • Distribute copies of a paragraph containing multiple errors in both subject/verb agreement and pronoun/antecedent agreement. Students spend several minutes finding the errors in the passage.
  • Review the errors together.
  • Read the ''Subject-Verb Agreement'' and ''Pronoun Agreement'' sections of the lesson, What Are Correlative Conjunctions? - Definition & Examples. These sections explain rules for subject/verb agreement and pronoun/antecedent agreement when correlative conjunctions are involved.
  • Put students in small groups to work on several example sentences where they must find the appropriate verbs and antecedents.

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