Parts of Speech Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teaching the eight parts of speech can be a little dry, but not with this lesson plan. Get your student straight on the facts by learning with an engaging video and hands-on activities.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • name and explain eight parts of speech
  • determine parts of speech


  • 1 hour


  • Twister game, or floor space to play with colored circles taped in place; each color should have a part of speech written on it.
  • Parts of speech written on index cards
  • Words representing parts of speech written on index cards
  • Index cards labeled for right and left hand and foot

Key Vocabulary

  • Parts of speech
  • Nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Verbs
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Interjections

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1.a

Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.


  • Start class by giving students two minutes to brainstorm any part of speech they can. Give them a hint that there are 8.
  • Have students share answers. Share answers and definitions.
  • Tell students they will be learning about and/or reviewing the 8 parts of speech. Have them prepare their notebooks for notes by creating a chart with 9 rows and three columns. Ask them to write the 8 parts of speech in each row (starting with the second) and the terms 'Definition,' and 'Example' in the second and third top column. Demonstrate on chart paper.
  • Next, start the video What Are the 8 Parts of Speech? - Definition & Examples. Tell students to take notes in their chart as the video plays and you fill out on the chart paper.
  • Pause at 1:00 and ask:
    • How do we categorize parts of speech?
    • What is similar about Ancient Greek and modern English?
    • Have parts of speech changed much over time in the English language?
  • Resume the video, then pause again at 3:06. Check to make sure students have correct notes, then ask:
    • What are two classifications of nouns?
    • Give an example of an action and linking verb.
    • Why do we use pronouns?
  • Restart the video and pause at 6:12. Review student notes and definitions, then discuss:
    • Which part of speech describes a verb?
    • What is a purpose of using adjectives?
    • What are the parts of a prepositional phrase?
    • What are some examples of conjunctions?
  • Resume the video and allow students to finalize notes using the lesson summary.
  • If possible, play the 'Conjunction Junction' video, just for fun!
  • Answer any remaining questions, tidy up student notes and chart, and ensure understanding of concepts before moving on to the activity.

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