Verbs Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students the ins and outs of verbs with this lesson plan. Centered on an educational video, the lesson is all about verbs and verb phrases. Students practice along with the video then apply concepts to a fun game.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define and explain verbs as a part of speech
  • identify verbs and verb phrases in text


45 minutes


  • Clip of the Whisper Game from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, if necessary
  • Index cards (3 for each student)
  • Headphones

Key Vocabulary

  • Parts of speech
  • Verbs
  • Verb phrases
  • Auxiliary verb
  • Helping verb

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.1.b

Use various types of phrases (noun, verb, adjectival, adverbial, participial, prepositional, absolute) and clauses (independent, dependent; noun, relative, adverbial) to convey specific meanings and add variety and interest to writing or presentations.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.1

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


  • Connect your students to the topic and prepare them for learning by asking them to answer this question: 'What do all complete sentences need?' After a few minutes of writing, share answers and discuss.
  • Review parts of speech if necessary; preview or pre-teach vocabulary.
  • Tell students they will be taking a close look at verbs and how they work in speech and writing. Make sure students have their notebooks prepared for note-taking, then start the video lesson What is a Verb Phrase? - Definition, Structure & Examples.
  • Pause at 1:15 and discuss:
    • How can we find verbs in sentences?
    • How can we identify the subject?
    • What are 'state of being' and 'straight action?'
  • Resume the video. As the next section plays, pause as necessary to allow students to take notes along with the lesson and identify verbs and verb phrases.
  • Pause again at 2:56. Check with students to ensure understanding. Ask:
    • What is the role of auxiliary verbs?
    • How do auxiliary verbs change a sentence's meaning?
  • Resume the video lesson, again pausing as examples are given and allowing students to work along with them. If your students are catching on quickly, pause the video before the answers are given and allow students to work, then resume the video to check in.
  • Answer the remaining questions after the lesson summary. Make sure students have correct definitions and notes necessary for understanding.

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