Bethany is a certified Special Education and Elementary teacher with 11 years experience teaching Special Education from grades PK through 5. She has a Bachelor's degree in Special Education, Elementary Education, and English from Gordon College and a Master's degree in Special Education from Salem State University.
- name the four demonstrative pronouns and state their purpose.
- use demonstrative pronouns with correct pronoun/antecedent and pronoun/verb agreement (singular and plural).
- distinguish between demonstrative pronouns and demonstrative adjectives.
- 60-90 minutes
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive).
Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person.
- Access to video lesson Demonstrative Pronouns: Definition & Examples and associated quiz
- Basket of small pieces of paper containing a variety of pronouns (all types) and other parts of speech
- Large dice or cube with sides labeled this, that, these, and those
Instruction and Activities
- As students enter the class, instruct them to write out the definition of pronouns and to list as many pronouns as they can think of.
- After a few minutes have students share their definition and list with a partner.
- Prepare a basket full of small pieces of paper. Each paper should have either a pronoun (include all types) or another word. Stand with students in a circle. One at a time, students walk to the center of the circle, take a word, read the word, and tell if it is a pronoun or not. Pronouns should go in one pile and other words in a second pile.
- When the basket is empty, students return to their seats. Gather the pronouns and write them on the board.
- What types of pronouns are there?
- How are different types of pronouns different?
- What does it mean to demonstrate or be demonstrative?
Demonstrative Pronouns Video
- Watch the video lesson Demonstrative Pronouns: Definition & Examples.
- Have students tell a partner the most important thing they saw on the video.
- Give students the quiz to check for understanding.
Agreement Game: Pronoun/Antecedent
- Review the reason and rules for pronoun/antecedent agreement.
- Agreement Game:
- Break students into two teams.
- Two people from each team come to the front of the class and sit down.
- One pair names a noun as an antecedent (any noun).
- If the noun is plural, both people from the other pair stand and say one of the plural demonstrative pronouns (these or those).
- If the noun is singular, only one person from the other pair stands and says one of the singular demonstrative pronouns (this or that).
- Example: Pair A says ''oranges.'' Both students in Pair B stand and say ''those.''
Agreement Exercise: Pronoun/Verb
- Review the rules for pronoun/verb agreement.
- Prepare a large dice or cube with sides labeled this, that, these, and those (you will need to use two words twice as the cube has six sides).
- Students take turns rolling the dice. The student who rolls the dice must come up with a sentence whose verb agrees with the pronoun rolled. For example, student rolls ''that.'' An appropriate sentence is: That belongs to Marj. An inappropriate sentence is: That belong to Marj.
Demonstrative Pronouns vs. Demonstrative Adjectives
- Put students in groups of two to four. Each group should write five sentences containing demonstrative pronouns and five sentences containing demonstrative adjectives.
- Groups exchange and check the sentences, asking these questions:
- Are all the pronoun sentences actually pronouns?
- Is the pronoun/verb agreement correct?
- Are all the adjective sentences actually adjectives?
- In their independent reading, assign students to find and write out five sentences containing demonstrative pronouns and five sentences containing demonstrative adjectives. Students share their sentences with a partner during the next class.
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