ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Lesson Plan

Instructor: Cara Randle

Cara has a Master's in Teacher Leadership as well as a Bachelor's in Elementary Education. She has taught on the Elementary and Pre-k level for 5 years.

This lesson plan will help students understand subject-verb agreement. It will give students an opportunity to match subjects with the correct verbs as well as to create their own sentences to show their understanding of the concept.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • understand the basics of subject-verb agreement.
  • choose the correct subject and verb to create a sentence with appropriate subject-verb agreement.
  • create their own sentences with correct subject-verb agreement.


1-2 hours

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • 74.4 English Language Proficiency Standards (c) Cross-curricular second language acquisition essential knowledge and skills. (5) Cross-curricular second language acquisition/writing. The ELL writes in a variety of forms with increasing accuracy to effectively address a specific purpose and audience in all content areas. ELLs may be at the beginning, intermediate, advanced, or advanced high stage of English language acquisition in writing. In order for the ELL to meet grade-level learning expectations across foundation and enrichment curriculum, all instruction delivered in English must be linguistically accommodated (communicated, sequenced, and scaffolded) commensurate with the student's level of English language proficiency. For Kindergarten and Grade 1, certain of these student expectations do not apply until the student has reached the stage of generating original written text using a standard writing system. The student is expected to
    • (D) edit writing for standard grammar and usage, including subject-verb agreement, pronoun agreement, and appropriate verb tenses commensurate with grade-level expectations as more English is acquired;
    • (E) employ increasingly complex grammatical structures in content area writing commensurate with grade-level expectations, such as:
      • (i) using correct verbs, tenses, and pronouns/antecedents;
    • Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.
    • Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.


  • Subject
  • Verb
  • Predicate
  • Sentence


  • Construction Paper (or card stock or poster board) for students to glue on
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Copy of the following singular and plural example sentences for each student, cut into strips with one sentence on each strip then cut between the subjects and predicates. (In the following examples, the subject is in italics and the verb is bold.)
    • Singular Examples
      • Mom washes the dishes.
      • Dad eats the chicken.
      • He walks to school.
      • She looks for a doll.
    • Plural Examples
      • Our moms wash the dishes.
      • Both dads eat the chicken.
      • They walk to school.
      • We look for a doll.

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