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Exact Nouns Activities

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

As your students learn more and more about grammar, it can be helpful to provide them with more specific information. This lesson focuses on exact nouns and provides classroom activities designed to teach them.

Making Nouns Exact

If your students are not already familiar with exact nouns, you'll want to offer them a brief review of this relatively simple concept. Verbally reinforce the following information to your students as you write this on the blackboard:

  • Exact nouns (also called specific nouns), are nouns that are more specific than common nouns. For example:
    • Common nouns: dog, car, teacher
    • Exact nouns: golden retriever, Ford Focus, Mrs. Bailey

Ask students to give you a few reasons why exact nouns are beneficial. Hopefully, you'll get something along these lines:

  1. Exact nouns make writing more interesting
  2. Exact nouns help a reader visualize writing more effectively
  3. Exact nouns can help writers eliminate the use of generic words, such as 'stuff' or 'things'

Write down additional reasons your students provide before diving into the other lesson activities.

From Common to Exact

Begin this activity by writing the following sentences on the blackboard.

  1. The animal ate the plant.
  2. There are many things in my desk.
  3. That furniture doesn't fit in this room.
  4. The movie made me feel emotions.
  5. My friends are standing over there.

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