ESL Demonstrative Pronouns Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help ESL teachers explain demonstrative pronouns and their proper use to students. Students will watch a lesson about demonstrative pronouns and practice using them in context.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define demonstrative pronouns
  • differentiate between demonstrative pronouns and demonstrative adjectives
  • properly use demonstrative adjectives in context


This lesson will take approximately 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards


Make accurate use of standard English to communicate in grade-appropriate speech and writing.


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


Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.


  • demonstrative adjectives
  • demonstrative pronouns

Lesson Instructions

Materials needed:

Activate prior knowledge by asking students why we use pronouns. After listening to student answers, explain that the lesson is about a unique type of pronoun they will sometimes encounter.

Watch the lesson Demonstrative Pronouns: Definition & Examples as a class. Pause at 0:32. Ask students:

  • What is a demonstrative pronoun?
  • What are some examples of demonstrative pronouns?

Continue video to 2:26. Pause to ask the following question:

  • What is the difference between a demonstrative pronoun and a demonstrative adjective?

Have students turn and talk to a partner. Have pairs use demonstrative pronouns to create sentences about classroom objects.

Watch the remainder of the video.

Ask students:

  • When would you use a demonstrative pronoun and when would you use a demonstrative adjective?

Once again, divide students into pairs and practice creating sentences using demonstrative adjectives to describe classroom objects.

Use the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.

Demonstrative Pronouns and Adjectives Poster

Materials needed: chart paper, markers

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