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Gerund Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to gerunds and gerund phrases. Students will watch a video lesson, practice using gerunds in sentences, and create gerund phrase examples for their peers.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define gerund
  • use verbs as gerunds in sentences and phrases

Length

30 - 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Instructions

  • Begin the lesson by writing two sentences on the board such as 'I am running to school.' and 'Running to school makes me sweaty.' Feel free to change these a bit if you wish. Underline 'running' in both sentences and ask if students can figure out what makes the use of this word different in the two sentences.
  • Begin the video lesson Gerund: Phrases & Examples. Show the introduction and first section. Pause the video at 0:51.
  • Ask a student to volunteer to define 'gerund' on the board. Ask other students for feedback on the definition.
  • Refer back to your original sentences. Ask if students can identify which instance of 'running' is a gerund.
  • Continue the video. Pause it again at 2:55.
  • Ask each student to write three sentences that each contain a gerund. They can exchange these with a peer for feedback. Be sure to circulate the room to clear up any misconceptions.
  • Resume and finish the video lesson.
  • Now have each student write three gerund phrases. They can exchange these with a peer for feedback.

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