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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
- Index cards with an indefinite pronoun written on each
- Blank index cards, two different colors
- White boards and markers
- Indefinite pronoun
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive).
- 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.
- Give each student an index card with an indefinite pronoun written on it.
- Instruct students to divide themselves into two groups - those with singular indefinite pronouns on their cards and those with plural indefinite pronouns. Check for accuracy.
- Now have students work with a partner.
- Give each pair two blank index cards - one of each color. Have them pick one of their indefinite pronoun index cards with which to write two sentences (one on each blank card):
- One sentence is to use the indefinite pronoun. Tell the students that the 'blue' index cards are for the indefinite pronoun sentences.
- The other sentence is to be a matching sentence using nouns. Tell the students that the 'yellow' index cards are for the noun sentences.
- Do an example of: 'Everyone likes to eat ice cream' and 'Tom, Mike and Larry like to eat ice cream.'
- Collect the index cards, keeping indefinite pronoun piles separate from nouns.
- Give each student an index card and instruct them to find their match.
- Give each partner group a white board and marker. Have students stand across the back of the room in a shoulder-to-shoulder line.
- Read sentences to students with nouns and have the partners work together to write the correct indefinite pronoun on their board and then show it to you. Groups who answer correctly should take a step forward.
- Continue reading sentences and having students respond until a group reaches you. Allow that group to restart the game and become readers, or break students into small groups to play.
- Have students find sentences containing nouns in magazines and highlight, then rewrite using indefinite pronouns.
- Challenge students to eliminate indefinite pronouns from their speech for one day. Have them journal about the experience and share their thoughts with the class.
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