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Indefinite Pronoun Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about indefinite pronouns. Students will watch an informational video lesson that defines the term, explains why we use them and the roles they play in a sentence. Guided practice with the video and several fun activities allow students to apply content and a quiz tells you who's catching on.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define indefinite pronoun
  • explain the role of indefinite pronouns in sentences
  • discuss the difference between singular and plural indefinite pronouns

Length

1 hour

Materials

  • Index cards with an indefinite pronoun written on each
  • Blank index cards, two different colors
  • White boards and markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Indefinite pronoun
  • Subject
  • Object
  • Preposition
  • Plural
  • Singular

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.1

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

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.1.a

Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive).

Instructions

  • Connect students to the topic and tap into prior knowledge by dividing students into partners and giving the class a minute to brainstorm a list of all the pronouns they can think of. Supplement with the lesson What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition, if necessary.
  • After the minute, have partners form groups of four to six students and share their answers, creating a master list.
  • Share lists and discuss the role and purpose of pronouns.
  • Now tell students they'll be learning about a type of pronoun called an indefinite pronoun. Preview vocabulary, then start the lesson What is an Indefinite Pronoun? - Definition & Examples.
  • Pause at 0:53 and define 'indefinite pronoun.' Take a look at the master lists of pronouns and work with students to identify any indefinite pronouns.
  • Resume the lesson, pausing at 2:20. Ask:
    • Why and when do we use indefinite pronouns?
    • What is the difference between a subject and object indefinite pronoun?
  • Play the remainder of the lesson.
  • Have each group read their sentences to check, then have students take the quiz together to determine understanding.

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