Subject-Verb Agreement Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Looking for a new way to teach subject-verb agreement? How about a helping hand from a video lesson and a simple in class activity? To keep going with grammar instruction, consider our suggestions for supplementary activities and related lessons.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the rules for subject-verb agreement
  • identify and correct errors in subject-verb agreement


30 minutes to 1 hour


  • Purple and yellow markers, pens or pencils
  • Notebooks or paper

Curriculum Standards


Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)


  • Begin by showing the video lesson Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement, pausing at 0:28.
  • Ask the students to write the sentences displayed in the video lesson on their papers.
  • Resume the video and pause again at 0:42.
  • On their papers, have students underline the singular subjects in purple and the plural subjects in yellow.
  • Now have them rewrite the sentences with corrections just below the first two sentences. Have them share their answers with the class, along with an explanation for the corrections.
  • Resume the video lesson, pausing at 1:33. Did the suggested corrections match the student corrections? Discuss this as a class.
  • Play the video lesson again, pausing at 2:53. Taking the current displayed sentence, have students make the sentence plural, sharing their answers with the class.
  • Play the video lesson once more, pausing at 3.00. Did the student's sentence match the one on screen?
  • Play the reminder of the video lesson for the class.

Discussion Questions

  • Why does correct subject-verb agreement sometimes sound funny when speaking?
  • Can flaws in subject-verb agreement cloud meaning?


  • When the video lesson has played in its entirety, ask student to compose ten original sentences on their papers.
  • Now have them swap papers with a classmate.
  • Students should underline the singular subjects in purple and the plural subjects in yellow on their peer's paper. They must also ensure that there is subject-verb agreement in each sentence.
  • Finally, students should correct any errors they see. When complete, the student should return the paper to its owner and discuss any changes.


  • Ask students to compose simple essays on their favorite hobby. Now have students edit one another's papers, correcting any issues with subject-verb agreement.
  • Provide students with copies of a well-known speech. Have them analyze the subject-verb agreement in the speech, correcting any errors.

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