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Demonstrative Pronouns Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

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.

This lesson plan teaches the four demonstrative pronouns, pronoun/antecedent and pronoun/verb agreement, and the difference between demonstrative pronouns and demonstrative adjectives.

Lesson Objectives

  • 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.

Length

  • 60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.1

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.1.A

Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.1.C

Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person.

Materials

  • 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

Pronoun Review

  • 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.
  • Discuss:
    • 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

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.''

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