Linking Verbs Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about linking verbs with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson defining the term, and you will guide them through practice identifying in sentences. Guided and independent practice along with discussion questions and a quiz make learning stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define linking verbs
  • identify linking verbs in sentences
  • explain what a linking verb does


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson What Are Linking Verbs? - Definition & Examples, one for each student or a master copy for shared reading
  • Prepared index cards with nouns, action, and linking verbs written on them, one set of 10-12 for each group
  • Sentence strips (make sure they're all the same color)
  • Markers
  • Scissors

Key Vocabulary

  • Linking verb
  • Subject
  • Verb
  • Subject complement
  • Noun
  • Predicate
  • Predicate nominative
  • Adjective
  • Predicate adjective

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.6.3

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.


Start the lesson by dividing students into small groups and giving each a set of prepared index cards. Ask them to sort the cards according to the topics 'nouns' and 'verbs'. Review selections as a whole group and discuss reasons for choices.

Ask students to take a closer look at their verb pile and discuss what they notice about it with their group. Share answers as a whole class, discussing how some verbs describe actions and some don't.

Tell students they will be learning about linking verbs. Preview vocabulary and distribute or display the lesson What Are Linking Verbs? - Definition & Examples.

Read the section 'A Break from the Action' together.

  • Define linking verbs and have students sort their verbs into action and linking.

Read the sections 'The Ingredients of a Sentence' and 'What Does a Linking Verb Link?' with students. Review concepts if necessary.

  • Write 'Subject Complement' on the board and draw two lines from it labeled 'Predicate Nominatives' and 'Predicate Adjectives.'

Read the 'Predicate Nominatives' and 'Predicate Adjectives' sections with students, recording definitions and examples.

  • Write a few sentences on the board with predicate nominatives and adjectives. Ask partners to identify verbs and either predicate nominatives or adjectives.

Guide student practice further in the section 'Recognizing Linking Verbs,' allowing students to work with you and partners to practice identifying linking verbs. Discuss the following:

  • Can some words work as both action and linking verbs? Why?
  • How can you tell if a verb is being used as an action or linking verb?

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