Present Tense Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about the use of present tense in writing with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains the different types of present tense verbs. Hands-on learning opportunities, discussion questions, a quiz and an activity make this lesson memorable.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define present tense
  • identify present tense verbs in writing


1 hour for lesson, plus time for the activity


  • Paragraphs with mixed-up verb tenses for students to correct, one per small group
  • Chart paper and marker, one for each small group
  • Short writing samples in different tenses, one set for each group
  • Index cards

Key Vocabulary

  • Present tense
  • Present perfect tense

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.1

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.1.d

Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.

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