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


30 - 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


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.


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


  • 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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