Predicate Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

This video-based lesson plan can be used to teach students about predicates. The video reviews sentence parts and explains subjective and nominative predicates, outlining rules in a fun way. Questions and activities guide learning, and a quiz checks understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain predicates and complete predicates
  • identify parts of a sentence
  • list subjective pronouns


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Chart paper and marker
  • Student writing notebooks
  • Prepared index cards with sentences written on them, subjects on one card and predicates on another; one card for each student
  • Yellow and blue paper, cut into strips
  • Two containers

Key Vocabulary

  • Subject
  • Verb
  • Complete subject
  • Predicate
  • Complete predicate
  • Subjective
  • Nominative
  • Predicate nominative

Curriculum Standards


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).


  • Engage students with the topic by dividing them into partner pairs and having them brainstorm parts of a sentence. Share ideas and write on the board.
  • Tell students they will be reviewing these concepts and learning about predicates. Share prior knowledge and preview vocabulary, then start the lesson video What are Predicates? - Definition and Examples.
  • Pause at 2:00 and define terms on chart paper titled 'Predicates,' under a subsection 'Parts of a Sentence.'
  • Write simple sentences on the chart paper and have students work with partners to identify parts. Label together.
  • Ask:
    • What two parts does every sentence need?
    • Which part usually performs the action of the verb?
    • Which part expresses action or occurrence?
  • Next write more complex sentences that contain complete subject and predicates. Have students identify with a partner, then label together as a class.
  • Ask:
    • What is included in a complete subject?
    • What is included in a complete predicate?
    • Can a predicate be just one word?
  • Resume the lesson video and pause again at 4:26. Define terms on chart paper.
  • Discuss:
    • How does knowing what a predicate is and what it does help you as a reader and writer?
    • What case should a pronoun be if it follows a linking verb?
    • What are predicate nominatives?
  • Have students turn and talk to a partner to explain the predicate nominative rule, then discuss as a whole class.
  • Play the remainder of the lesson and allow students to ask any remaining questions.

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